|Shark Liver Products: Squalene is made from shark livers. It is sold in all of the asian health stores on Saipan, including some of the hotels.|
|Shark Fin Soup: The greatest demand for shark comes from shark fin soup. All of the Chinese restaurants serve it. I remember eating it at the Hyatt Regency Saipan as a kid.|
|Shark Fin Soup: The demand for shark fin soup has led to the depletion of many shark species.|
|Shark Cartilage: Shark cartilage is sold as modern day snake oil, promising to cure all kinds of ills.|
|Shark Cartilage: Hey, shark cartilage cures everything the marijuana advocates claim marijuana cures!|
I encourage the House to pass the Senate version of the bill and send this much needed legislation to the governor's desk as soon as possible. The world is moving towards more conservation, and ultimately towards restoration. I want the CNMI to be on that train.
If you are reading this, I encourage you to show your support to the leaders in the CNMI House. Representative Diego Benavente introduced the bill and has been a champion. Rep. Froilan Tenorio is the Speaker of the House, and his support will be key to ensure its passage. The contact information for both leaders is available on the CNMI Legislature website. You can also join the CNMI Shark Fin Free Zone Facebook Group.