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World's first ban on shark fin makes Hawaii global leader in shark conservation

On the eve of the State of Hawaii becoming the first jurisdiction to ban sales of shark fin soup, local and international conservation groups praised the ground-breaking move as a first step to halting the decimation of global shark stocks.

WildAid and Ministry of Agrilculture launch aquatic awareness month

WildAid launched a “National Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Awareness Month.” Initiated by Ministry of Agriculture of China, the awareness campaign is the first of its kind in terms of scale (in over 20 provinces) and time (one month). It aims to educate and raise awareness of aquatic wildlife conservation among students in China.

Bo Derek in Kelowna for WildAid

Actress and model Bo Derek was in Kelowna this weekend promoting her work with conservation organization WildAid.

The star studded organization believes celebrities are often more effective at raising awareness than government organizations alone.

A recent public service announcement against shark-fin soup in China starring actor Jackie Chan and basketball player Yao Ming reached over one billion viewers, says Derek.

Bigger Bite Needed into Appetite for Shark Fin Soup

Campaigns featuring some of China’s biggest celebrities, including basketball star Yao Ming and actor Jackie Chan, have persuaded some Chinese to think twice about eating shark fin soup. But changing attitudes about the centuries-old delicacy, a large contributor to decimated shark populations, continues to be a challenge.

For many Chinese, the soup, which dates back the Ming Dynasty, is considered a matter of wealth and prestige, often featured at weddings and banquets. Some also believe shark fin has medicinal value, despite a lack of scientific evidence.

Extinct for Soup? WildAid featured in Alert Diver

After 409 million years, are sharks really facing extinction for an Asian delicacy? If you ask Hawaii state Senator Clayton Hee, cutting the fins off a great white shark is no different than cutting the horn off a black rhinoceros. It's a barbaric practice, and the bounty should be treated as contraband. He's right.

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