Shark Fin Bans Might Not Help Sharks, Scientists Say 

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012, file photo, a worker cuts a shark fin at a fish market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Shark researchers David Shiffman and Robert Hueter say that shutting down its system of sustainable shark fisheries could prompt less regulated fisheries to step in to fill the void. Environmentalists and animal advocates have long blamed the soup for the decline of some shark species. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of scientists says efforts to ban shark fins in the U.S. might actually harm attempts to conserve the marine predators.

Shark researchers David Shiffman and Robert Hueter say the country is a minor contributor to the worldwide shark fin trade. They say that shutting down its system of sustainable shark fisheries could prompt less regulated fisheries to step in to fill the void.

Shark fins are often used in a soup considered a delicacy in Asia. Environmentalists and animal advocates have long blamed the cuisine for the decline of some shark species.

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced a bill to prevent the possession or sale of shark fins in America.

The researchers’studyappears in the November issue of the journal Marine Policy.

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