For me, 2011 has gotten off to a rough start (refer to Blog News on sidebar), but 2010 wrapped up nicely for sharks.
You may have heard by now…The war against shark finning and shark fin soup has been gaining considerable ground and attention. On December 20th the US Senate passed legislation led by the wonderfully environmentally-minded John Kerry to ban the trade in shark fins.
'The U.S. Senate has passed legislation by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) to end the brutal practice of shark finning in the United States. The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 strengthens existing regulations and closes enforcement loopholes, making shark fin removal illegal both on land and at sea.
“Shark finning has fueled massive population declines and irreversible disruption of our oceans,” said Sen. Kerry. “Finally we’ve come through with a tough approach to tackle this serious threat to our marine life.”'
The new act will close the loopholes for sharks finned before being landed on a ship and for ships "simply" transporting fins. It will also promote the conservation of sharks internationally.
Full article here (Kerry.Senate.gov)