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Fin-Free is a grassroots global campaign that aims to educate the community about the plight of shark populations worldwide and empower people with local solutions. Fin-Free have led successful, policy-changing chapters in the US mainland, Hawai’i, Canada and the Northern Mariana Islands, and are now enhancing its presence in Australia to call for policy changes to ban the sale, possession or trade of shark fins.

Tristan Bayer, co-founder of Fin-Free’s parent organisation, United Conservationists, is now a resident of Byron Shire and is seeking to expand his dynamic team to represent the east-coast communities in making Australia Fin-Free.

As you may know, Bob Brown recently launched Sea Shepherd’s ‘Operation Kimberley Miinimbi’ onboard the Sea Shepherd’s vessel Steve Irwin. Its sister ship, Bridgitte Bardot, ‘Operation Requiem’ shark campaign is being led by United Conservationists’ executive director, Julie Andersen.

Bob Brown was more than happy to support the Fin-Free mainland campaign, posing for a photograph with the international shark symbol – Fin Head!

Fin-Free are currently recruiting volunteers and interns. Email [email protected] to find out more.

If you would like to find out more about what we do, please email [email protected].

Mia Forrest
Fin-Free Australia

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