The Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives voted today 18-0 to pass a ban on shark fins that would "prohibit any person from possessing, selling, offering for sale, trading, or distributing shark fins in the CNMI."
So what kind of sharks live around Saipan?
Mike Tripp's Saipan Scuba Diving Blog.
Harry Blalock photographed this little guy inside the Grotto.
I have never personally seen a tiger shark on Saipan (I was always disappointed that tiger sharks aren't half shark, half tiger, with frickin' lasers on their heads), but NOAA snapped this photo in the waters west of Saipan.
Heart of Gold Divers took these two photos during a dive at Farallon de Medinilla.
So yes, Saipan has sharks.
And yes, they deserve full protections.