By Andrew Restuccia - 12/21/10 04:55 PM EST
Matt Rand, the director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, praised Congress for passing the bill.
“The Shark Conservation Act would once and for all end the practice of shark finning in U.S. waters and give the United States the credibility to persuade other nations and international fishery managers to follow suit,” Rand said in a statement.
Beth Lowell, Oceana’s federal policy director, echoed Pew’s sentiments. “The Shark Conservation Act has finally passed the finish line. Oceana applauds Congress and its ocean heroes for passing such an important piece of legislation. Sharks now have a reason to celebrate this holiday season,” Lowell said.