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Copy of the letter can be found here: http://usa.oceana.org/sites/default/files/restaurant_and_chef_petition_against_shark_fins.pdf
The demand for shark fins is primarily driven by the market for shark fin soup, which is considered a luxury item in some Asian cuisines. In fact, it is estimated that fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global shark fin trade every year. Sharks have important ecological value, playing critical roles in structuring ocean food webs. This means that declines in shark populations can create a domino effect of unintended consequences, including the possibility of damaging other seafood populations that consumers like to eat.Simply put, there is no reason to serve shark fins in restaurants in our country. A national ban on shark fins would also reinforce the status of the United States as a leader in shark conservation, setting an example for the rest of the world.