Hawaii shark fin bill signed into law!

A few days ago, Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii signed the recently passed shark fin bill into law. Starting on July 1 of 2011 it will be illegal to possess or sell shark fins within the state of Hawaii. Though this law, the strongest shark protection law in North America, is a huge success, we all still have a lot of work to do to protect sharks. We hope that other states will follow Hawaii’s example, and I will keep you posted on how you can help with those efforts.



  1. Southern Fried Scientist · May 30, 2010

    Does this include the territorial waters or EEZ, or is it just illegal to possess shark fins on land?

    • WhySharksMatter · May 30, 2010

      I was wondering about that, but I couldn’t find it anywhere in the press coverage of this law. I’ll see if i can find the law itself and I’ll let you know.

    • WhySharksMatter · May 31, 2010

      I read the law itself, and it doesn’t say anything about territorial waters. I think this means that it’s just illegal to possess them on land. I’ve asked a friend who helped get this bill passed and I’ll let you know what she says.

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