Blog: August 2011
Assembly Bill 376, which bans the trade of shark fins, will soon face a critical vote in the California State Senate, and it needs your help. For the sake of the tens of millions of sharks that are slaughtered every year to make shark fin soup. For the sake of the millions of people worldwide who rely upon the health of our oceans. Here’s how you can help:
On Thursday, Assembly Bill 376, which would ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state of California, cleared the state Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate floor, where a vote is expected in the next couple of weeks.
UPDATE: On Thursday, August 25th, California’s Senate Appropriations committee votes on Assembly Bill 376, a bill that would effectively ban the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins in the state.
California controls an estimated 85 percent of the shark fin trade in the U.S., so this legislation is critical.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) is one of the largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world. Since 1998, WildAid has been working with the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) in developing a comprehensive enforcement strategy to patrol and protect the GMR, where commercial fishing is prohibited.
With Discovery’s uber-successful stunt, Shark Week, coming to a close, shark awareness is at a record high. Even Taylor Swift was watching.