Editor’s note: “Shark finning,” or the practice of removing a shark fin at sea and discarding the rest of the shark, is illegal in the United States. All domestic shark fisheries are required to land the entire shark at the dock, and are managed according to sustainable fishery management plans.
February 15, 2017 — A bill filed in the state Senate would crack down on the sale and possession of shark fins and shark tails which are considered a delicacy in parts of Asia.
The measure, filed by Sen. Travis Hutson, would make it a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida to trade or offer for sale shark fins or shark tails. Commercial and recreational fishers found in violation would face a suspension or loss of their licenses or permits.