A new Fisheries Act has just been passed in Canada that has officially ended the import and export of shark fins in Canada. These changes have been made as part of Canada's plan to renew the ocean health and rebuilding the fish population. Since the announcement, Canadians have become overjoyed with the news that Canada is now doing its part in limiting the global shark fin trade.
According to Oceana Canada fins from as many as 73 million sharks are circulated through the global shark fin trade every year, including fins from a variety of endangered species. Canada has been one of the main contributors to this problem as we are the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia.
Under this new act, it will now be illegal to import or export any shark fins in Canada, which will help reduce the number of sharks that are killed each and every year for this global trade.
This is a huge victory for Canadians who have been working for over a decade in attempts to get shark fin trade banned throughout the nation.
Campaign Director of Oceana Canada Kim Elmslie states that "this is a huge victory for sharks and for many Canadians, advocacy groups and politicians who joined together to champion the ban of this cruel practice,".
Of course, many Canadians seem to agree with Elmslie and have taken to social media to celebrate this victory that has been long awaited.
Banning the trade of shark fins isn't the only thing that this act is changing. For the first time since its establishment in 1868, this act is now stating that rebuilding plans are required for the depleting fish population in our waters.
With only 34 percent of Canada's fish population being healthy, this new act mandates that rebuilding plans need to be created for all fish populations that are critically depleting in our waters.
Rebuilding these fish populations can help Canada increase revenue and jobs in coastal communities as well as result in a more resilient ecosystem throughout Canada.