Fortunately, many countries like the United States and the European Union have banned the practice of shark finning, and many states and regions have banned shark fin products and the trade in sharks fins. In addition, 24 airlines, three shipping lines, and five hotel chains have banned shark fins or took them off the menu. Finally, China is also taking steps to appease international concerns by prohibiting the use of government funds for shark fin soup.
We realize the fight against shark finning isn't over, and has campaigned for domestic bans and improved fishing regulations. In 2010, after years of work by Oceana, Congress tightened the ban on shark finning in U.S. waters by passing the Shark Conservation Act, requiring that all sharks be landed with their fins naturally attached. Also in 2010, Hawaii established the first shark fin trade ban-ground-breaking legislation which nine states and three U.S. territories restrict the shark fin trade within their borders.
Additionally, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) threatened to overturn state shark fin trade bans in 2013, Oceana pressured NOAA to reverse course. Oceana established a shark finning ban in the EU and is currently working on banning shark finning in Chile, as well as implementing better fisheries management.