A Victory for Sharks
We Did It! Governor Brown Signs Ban on Shark Fins
In a historic moment for sharks and the future of San Francisco Bay and ocean ecosystem worldwide, California Governor Jerry Brown today signed into legislation Assembly Bill AB 376. AB 376 will ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California.
“The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans,” said Governor Brown. “Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill.”
Throughout the spring and summer, 14,099 Aquarium visitors signed postcards supporting this monumental legislation, in its No Fins, No Future: Support AB 376 action station exhibit.
“The passage of AB 376 is an important first step for banning a practice that should be globally illegal,” said Christina J. Slager, Director of Animal Care for Aquarium of the Bay.
AB 376 was co-authored by California Assembly members Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman, (D-San Rafael).
Assemblyman Fong says, “Educating our youth is an important step in preserving our environment. Aquarium of the Bay is leading example of efforts to support the apex predators of our ocean that keep the balance of marine life."
Each year, as many as 73 million sharks are killed – most for their fins, to make shark fin soup. Marine scientists point to the cruelty of the finning process: once the fins are cut off, the still-living shark is thrown back into the ocean. Due to this practice, many shark species have declined up to 90%.
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