Different states have different legislation concerning the consumption of shark fin. Accordingly, on July 1, 2011, the state of Hawaii made it illegal to possess shark fin and therefore, Chinese restaurants in Hawaii that sold dishes containing shark fin can no longer do so. Therefore, the people of Hawaii are no longer able to consume shark fin and/or shark fin soup.
Not everywhere, as mire2187 said, it is illegal to eat shark fin soup in Hawaii. In addition to Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington have banned the sale and consumption of shark fin soup. Also, the American protectorates of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands have banned shark fin soup.
The ban comes on the heels of studies which show a high correlation between the sale of shark fin soup and illegal shark finning and fishing. The ban is seen as a method for curbing illegal shark related activity.
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