SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to protect the oceans and the environment. AB 376, by Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino and Jared Huffman of San Rafael, 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 everywhere.
“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.”
With three quarters of the shark fins entering the United States coming through California, this legislation will have a major effect on protecting sharks worldwide.