- It eliminates Hawaii as a major distribution hub for shark fins
- It sets a new standard for other states or countries to emulate
- It places the social heritage of Hawaiians' respect for sharks over the lucrative economic interests of the commercial shark fishing industry
- It recognizes the importance of the shark as a vital member of a healthy marine ecosystem
It usually feels good to be right, but not when it means that it confirms the undue influence that economic interests can have over politicians.
Hardy congratulations are well deserved to those legislators who initiated and supported SB 2169 and to the many citizens who worked hard to promote it through some difficult times. But we must still be vigilant.
- As Hawaii's shark fin distribution business is dismantled, will the business move to other potential sites: San Francisco, other Pacific islands, or back to Asian soil?
- Will Hawaii continue on this path and consider banning or limiting business in other shark products like cartilage, liver oil, or meat (at least from highly threatened species)?
- Will future legislation, spawned from backroom deals with industry lobbyists, weaken the current legislation?
Read Washington Post article.