A discussion on shark fin bans
I asked my Twitter followers how they felt about "shark fin bans"
- Shark fin bans have become a popular tool of the conservation movement lately, and have been enacted (to date) in the U.S. states of Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington. Similar bans are being discussed in Illinois, Maryland, and New York. These laws make it illegal for anyone to buy, sell, or possess shark fins, which are used to make shark fin soup, regardless of where those fins came from (i.e. an overfished and poorly monitored fishery or a well-regulated fishery utilizing best fishing practices). I asked my followers what they thought of these bans.
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Mon, May 07 2012 06:45:02One alternative is finning bans- sharks must be landed whole with fins attached (careful monitoring), then fins can be sold. (2/2)
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Mon, May 07 2012 08:00:02
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Mon, May 07 2012 08:17:15
- What followed was a stimulating discussion about the pros and cons of the tools available for shark conservation.
- Some of my followers are against shark fishing of any kind.
- — tizzle (@Tizzlefish)Mon, May 07 2012 06:50:31@WhySharksMatter I don't think anyone/company shld be permitted to kill/cull any sharks & I don't think sharks shld be mutilated after death
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Mon, May 07 2012 06:52:18
- — Greg Lester (@Greg_Lester)Mon, May 07 2012 07:43:07
- — Greg Lester (@Greg_Lester)Mon, May 07 2012 08:10:00
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Mon, May 07 2012 07:45:26
- Some had objections to fin bans grounded in economics.
- — Scott Crosson (@drcrosson)Mon, May 07 2012 06:49:40@WhySharksMatter outlawing fin sales (even from legally landed sharks) will drive up the price & increase incentives for illegal harvest.
- — Eleanor Partridge (@McElligots_Pool)Mon, May 07 2012 08:08:32@WhySharksMatter Bans outside primary market can't achieve much & I don't see a ban in China soon. Fins-on regs + gd enforcement better.
- — Dan (@ridinghoodswolf)Mon, May 07 2012 08:10:16@WhySharksMatter ah, bans are only as effective as education,nothing can be solved by making things illiegal,rarity etc brings higher prices
- — Kiko Acero (@FrancisAcero)Mon, May 07 2012 08:18:23
- — Kiko Acero (@FrancisAcero)Mon, May 07 2012 08:22:20
- — Andrea & Jason (@diveATW)Mon, May 07 2012 08:34:50@WhySharksMatter Bans focus on the prob. but edu. & economics is core. We have many "illegal" activities but that doesn't stop the use!
- Some followers felt that fin bans weren't the ultimate solution, but could be used in the meantime to help protect sharks until a better comprehensive fisheries management plan was created.
- — SMcCorison (@SMcCorison)Mon, May 07 2012 07:28:06@WhySharksMatter one more note - thoughtful, moderate laws would be nice, but the conversation tends to come after it's too late for that
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- IUCN SharkSGThis is fantastic David - really shows the differing opinions and is a really useful tool to see how and why people think like they do. Nice work!2012-05-08T16:08:56.899Z