A bbotsford council voted unanimously Monday night to ban the ossession, sale, trade and distribution f shark fin within city limits.
The product is largely harvested for shark fin soup, a traditional Chinese delicacy.
Sharks' fins are sliced off and the animals are tossed back into the ocean to die a slow death from blood loss or suffocation.
Up to 73 million sharks are harvested each year, and the finning industry threatens the stability and health of the planet's ocean ecosystems, Humane Society International, Canada informed the city.
Coun. Patricia Ross said that shark finning was both an animal rights and environmental issue.
Coun. Simon Gibson agreed, saying the practice was "disturbing" and "an abuse of nature."
Canada has banned the harvesting of shark fins but there are no federal or provincial laws banning their sale.
Abbotsford is the latest of a number of B.C. municipalities stepping up to ban shark fin products in their municipality.
Port Moody, Nanaimo, North Vancouver and Coquitlam have already committed to bans and other cities are expected to follow suit.
Abbotsford city staff hasn't identified any local businesses that trade in shark fins but staff recommended the step, saying a bylaw demonstrates the city's support for stopping the practice of shark finning.
The Abbotsford council will also take steps to urge the provincial government to implement a B.C.-wide ban and urge the federal government to prohibit the import of shark fins into the country.