Born Free USA position: SUPPORT
Bill description: This bill prohibits the possession, sale, trade, purchase, shipping, barter, exchange, or distribution of shark fins in Florida. The penalties include a criminal charge and a fine between $5,000 and $15,000. There are 4 exemptions to this prohibition:
1. A restaurant that possessed fins prior to the enactment of this bill can possess/sell their remaining stock.
2. A person may remove a fin from a shark during the process of preparing the shark’s body, as long as the fin is disposed of immediately.
3. A person with a scientific permit may possess fins for research/education.
4. A person may transport or possess a fin that is not for sale as long as they are taking it from a point out of the state to another point out of the state, but passing through FL without unloading the fins.
A similar version of this bill, S.B. 1002, was introduced in 2012 but failed to pass.
Read the bill text and follow its progress here.