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September 02, 2011

Help WiLDCOAST Defend Sharks from Extinction

AB 376 (Fong/Huffman) for healthy shark populations & oceans

On Wednesday August 23rd, WiLDCOAST team members Paloma Aguirre and Diana Castaneda along with Executive Director Serge Dedina met with members of the California state senate urging them to support AB-376, the ban on the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins in California. 

“A large percentage of the shark fins sold in California come from Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela,”, said Diana Castañeda of WiLDCOAST. State and federal laws prohibit shark finning in U.S. waters but do not address the importing of fins from other countries. Hawaii has passed similar legislation and now Oregon and Washington are following in its footsteps.

An estimated 73 million sharks are killed every year for their fins, mostly to feed growing demand for shark-fin soup in Asian countries. California represents an estimated 85% of the U.S. trade in shark fins (and a big percentage of the global market as well)

The oceans need sharks. As top-dog predators, they regulate the marine ecosystems and are critical for healthy fisheries. The practice of killing sharks purely for their fins, called “shark finning,” threatens the very balance of our oceans. “We cannot stop the finning (supply) without first halting the demand, therefore it is so important to ban the sale, distribution, and possession of fins in the United States”, said Castañeda. “The practice is also wasteful and barbaric.”

Please call your Senator and send them an e-mail urging their YES vote on AB 376.

Our Director of Communications was in Univision Channel 34 in Los Angeles to discuss the importance to pass AB 376 to ban the sale and possession of shark fins in California. To view the video please click here [Note: Video is in Spanish].