Senate Passes Alloway Bill Banning Possession of Shark Fins

HARRISBURG – The Senate approved legislation today that would ban the sale, possession, or distribution of shark fins in Pennsylvania, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33).

Shark finning requires a shark to be caught and its fin and or tail cut off before being dumped back in the water to starve or suffocate. Although shark finning is illegal under federal law, the possession of shark fins is not.

Senate Bill 264 would allow Pennsylvania to join Hawaii and a number of states on the West Coast in banning the sale or possession of shark fins.

“Sharks are slow to mature and reproduce, and as a consequence, their populations cannot recover quickly from over fishing,” Alloway said. “Many shark species are in danger of extinction, and their decline poses a real threat to our ocean ecosystem.”

Senate Bill 264 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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