Fin Donnelly (@FinDonnelly), NDP critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, on the history and future of his fight for a law to protect sharks and what you can do to help pass a new Canadian law to end Canada’s role in shark-finning.
Fin Donnelly on Saving the Southern Resident Orcas
“Back in 2012, I read a United Nations report on a state of the world’s oceans and this is what really got my attention."
“If you lose those top predators – which take a long time to mature and to give birth – you are really affecting a significant portion of the ocean ecosystem."
“We’ve got to draw some attention to what’s going on in our oceans and I thought sharks would be a good way to do that."
“People don’t always realize just how important the ocean is in terms of producing clean air and doing so many things, maintaining a healthy environment and stable climate to create the conditions that humans need."
“We have the longest coastline in the world. So we’re an ocean nation and we’re blessed with fresh water in our country so that’s, for me, a basis on which you build your community and economy and that has to be maintained in a healthy way."
“We do import a fair amount of shark fin to Canada."
“It’s the right thing to do… Once Canada does it, we can put some pressure on the United States and then the EU and Asia and other countries."