Is Canada Finn-ished with Shark Finning?

As early as 2011, the City of Toronto attempted unsuccessfully to regulate the possession, consumption or sale of shark fins and shark fin food products. The City’s By-law was struck down in 2012.

In 2019, Canada joined in shark protection efforts by amending the federal Fisheries Act to include a ban on shark finning, and a prohibition on the import and export of shark fins absent a permit.

In early 2022, Canada enforced against the practice of unlawfully importing shark fins without a permit, demonstrating Canada’s commitment to shark protection. On January 17, 2022, a British Columbia trading company was federally prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to pay a $75,000 fine after pleading guilty to unlawfully importing fins of a protected shark species without a permit.

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