Donnelly Congratulates Port Moody on Shark Fin Ban

OTTAWA - Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody) applauds Port Moody city council for passing a bylaw to prohibit the distribution, sale and trade of shark fin.

“The often illegal targeting of sharks for their fins is causing a rapid decline in shark populations and is having a negative impact on marine ecosystems around the world,” said Donnelly. “It is important that municipalities take action, and I am proud that Port Moody is the first city to go fin-free in British Columbia.”

It is estimated that up to 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins alone, often by practice of shark finning, where the fins are cut off the shark and the body is dumped back into the ocean to slowly die.

Last year, Donnelly introduced Bill C-380, which would prohibit the import of shark fin to Canada. While waiting for the federal government to take action, several other municipalities in Canada have banned shark fin, including Toronto, Brantford, Mississauga, Oakville, Newmarket, Pickering and London in Ontario.

“The global decline of shark populations is a world-wide conservation crisis,” said Donnelly. “The Canadian government should follow the leadership taken by municipalities like Port Moody and adopt legislation to stop the importation of illegal shark fins to Canada.”