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October 07, 2011

GREAT NEWS! California joins the movement to save sharks and oceans.

Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law AB 376, which bans the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins.
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Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law AB 376, which bans the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins.

First of all, thank you to all the ocean and shark advocates who signed letters, emailed and/or called their representatives and helped spread the word about supporting AB 376. You made it all happen!

Official Statement from the Governor:

Governor Brown Acts to Protect Oceans and the Environment

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to protect the oceans and the environment. AB 376, by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), bans the possession and sale of shark fins in California. The practice of “finning” for culinary purposes has led to substantial declines in shark populations worldwide. 

“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.”

While many countries have already banned the practice, it continues unabated in unregulated international waters. By banning the possession and sale of shark fins, California joins Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Guam in an effort to reduce demand and protect shark populations.

In addition to AB 376, Governor Brown also signed a companion bill by Assemblyman Fong, AB 853, which allows existing stocks of on-hand shark fins to be sold until July 1, 2013.

For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html.