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March 21, 2011

Support AB 376- For Healthy Shark Populations

Sign the petition to ban possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.
Image provided by Fernando Ochoa

Please Support Assembly Bill 376 (Fong/Huffman), a legislation that seeks to end California’s contribution to the shark fin trade.

Every year, shark specialists estimate that tens of million sharks are killed for their fins, to be used for shark fin soup.  This practice has been a major contributor to the near-collapse of shark populations worldwide.  As predators, sharks occupy the top of marine food webs, and play a critical role in maintaining overall the ocean healthy. 

Shark fishing has proven unsustainable throughout the world. Sharks are extremely vulnerable to overfishing: many sharks can take as much as a decade to reach reproductive maturity and they bear few young.

AB 376 would make it “unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin.” This bill will give protection to sharks and preserve the health of California’s and the world’s ocean ecosystems and biodiversity.

Shark finning, aside from being environmentally destructive, it is also a very cruel practice.  The fins are cut off, usually while the animal is still alive, and then thrown back into the sea. The sharks are then no longer able to swim, sink into the bottom, often having a slow death.

Please sign the petition to urge California to ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins, for the sake of our oceans.

Or attend a meeting: AB 376 will be heard in Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Tuesday, March 22. 9:00 AM in State Capitol Room 437. Please consider attending we need your support!