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Shark fin bill gets second reading in Parliament

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly - PHOTO SUBMITTED
New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly
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A private member's bill brought forward by a Tri-City MP that's aimed to stop shark fin imports waded into Parliament for second reading this week.

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly, the NDP's deputy Fisheries and Ocean critic, has been advocating for the ban for two years.

His proposed bill has been supported by the cities of Coquitlam and Port Moody — both of which introduced municipal bylaws last year to ban shark fins from being possessed, traded, sold and distributed. In PoMo, violators face a $500 fine (Coquitlam has yet to set its policy).

Donnelly said shark overfishing has resulted in the near extinction of several species. Shark fins are commonly used in soups as a Chinese delicacy.

A vote on Donnelly's Bill C-380 is expected on March 27.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

 

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