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2015 Shark Finning Report to Congress

September 20, 2017

This report describes NOAA Fisheries' efforts to implement the Shark Finning Prohibition Act and more recent shark conservation legislation in 2014. 

The practice of shark finning and shark bycatch in some fisheries can affect the status of shark stocks and the sustainability of their exploitation in world fisheries. In the United States, shark finning has been prohibited since 2000.

The MSA, as amended by the Shark Finning Prohibition Act and the Shark Conservation Act, is the Federal law governing the conservation and management of Federal fisheries in the United States. The suite of conservation and management measures required of all Federal fisheries under the MSA makes the United States a leader in the sustainable management of domestic shark fisheries.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 09/14/2018