House approves ban on shark finning

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - A bill intended to crack down on the harvest of sharks for their fins was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee.

Lawmakers praised the bill as a way to ensure responsible fishing practices.

"There's a hell of a lot of two-legged sharks around that are a lot more dangerous than the ones with fins in the ocean," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie.

The measure would strengthen enforcement of an existing federal prohibition on removing the fins of a shark and discarding the carcass, which was first established in the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000.