California Bans Shark Fin Trade


The Aquarium of the Bay was one of many organizations that lobbied for the ban on trade in shark fins.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill prohibiting possession and sale of shark fins in the state. The law is part of an international effort to reduce the demand for shark fins.

Considered a delicacy in some Asian cultures, shark fins are often cut off of living sharks that are dropped back into the ocean to drown. Sharks are generally very slow to reproduce, and researchers estimate that finning, bycatch, and deliberate fishing for sharks has reduced populations of some sharks by as much as 90 percent.

Read more about the new law here.

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