Hawaii Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Shark Killing
According to the legislation, first offenders will be penalized $500. Those who break the potential law a third time would be fined $10,000. Anyone caught knowingly abusing, capturing or intentionally entangling a shark would be fined as well.
Penalties will also be issued even if the shark is already dead. Hawaii has a similar set of guidelines already in place for manta rays.
“Protecting sharks is essential to the health of our coral reefs. I’m hopeful that this year will be when we are able to take this important step.” – Hawaii state Rep. Nicole Lowen, via statement.