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Anti-Shark Finning Bill. By: Grace Han Jennifer Lin. What is Shark Finning?. It is the act of removing a shark’s fin while it’s still alive, and discarding its body back into the ocean.

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Anti shark finning bill

Anti-Shark Finning Bill

By: Grace Han

Jennifer Lin


What is shark finning

What is Shark Finning?

  • It is the act of removing a shark’s fin while it’s still alive, and discarding its body back into the ocean.

  • Often, they are still alive, and being unable to move normally, they then die of suffocation, or are eaten by other predators.


Background

Background

  • As the apex predators of the oceans, the role of sharks is to keep other marine life in a healthy balance and to regulate the oceans.

  • Sharks provide 1/3 of our world with food and produce a lot of oxygen.

  • Sharks kill fewer than 4 humans on average each year, while humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks annually.

  • 90% decline in shark populations

  • The media often creates many misconceptions about sharks, making people reluctant to fight for their survival.

  • Fins can sell for more than $600 a pound, & the soup can cost $80 a bowl.


Senate

Senate

  • AB376 (Anti-Shark Finning Bill) introduced in 2010 by Paul Fong & Jared Huffman

  • This bill bans the possession, sale, and distribution of shark fins in California.

  • So far, only 22 countries/regions have shark finning regulations including: Mexico, Spain, and India.

  • The anti-shark finning bill is a state bill.

  • The California Senate passed the bill in 2011.


Who does it impact

Who Does it Impact?

  • Chinese Americans

  • Fishermen (the industry)

  • Restaurant Owners

  • Shark population

  • The economy

  • The next generation

  • Fin traders


Public opinion supporters

Public Opinion-Supporters

  • Many famous Chinese-Americans support the ban, including lawmakers, chefs and celebrities.

  • Most of the younger Asian-Americans are in favor of the bill. However, the biggest problem lies with an older group of fin tradersand business people.

  • There have been various protests against the act of shark finning in different regions.


Opposition

Opposition

  • “This bill doesn’t do anything for finning, because the federal gov. has already taken care of that problem.”

    - Senator Leland Yee

  • Opponents claim the proposed legislation, AB 376, is an assault on Chinese-American culture.


Interest groups

Interest Groups

  •  Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance was formed to give voice to Asian-Pacific Americans who favor the ban in California.

  • Shark Savers, Shark Angels, etc.

  • These interest groups can also be seen as lobbyists.

  • “Cultural practices do change over time. Culture evolves and extinction is forever, it's a no-brainer if you look at the science.”

    -Judy Ki (Co-Chair of APAOHA)


Political party s upport

Political Party Support

  • The California state Senate passed the bill with a bipartisan vote of 25-9.

  • The Assembly had previously approved it by a vote of 65-8.

  • In January, President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act.


Media coverage

Media Coverage

  • Many different forms of media were used to expose the public to the shark finning industry.

  • Some of these include: The documentary Sharkwater (a winner of 22 international awards), PSA’s, National Geographic segments on sharks, news, & magazines.


Anti shark finning bill

PSA

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn-HScXK2pM&feature=relmfu


Legal issues

Legal issues

  • Fisherman started shipping their catch overseas in the Galapagos where long-lining and shark finning is illegal.

  • The gov. noticed and started imposing quotas to protect the resource. The fisherman rioted. The gov. gave in and raised the quotas.

  • The gov. and police often support the fishermen and finning due to the large amounts of profit it brings in. (i.e. Costa Rica)

  • Making the possession of shark fins illegal might encourage the creation of a black market.


So what can you do

So What Can YOU Do?

  • 1. Join an interest group, be an activist.

  • 2. Do not consume or purchase shark.

  • 3. Speak Out. And defend sharks.

  • 4. Keep sharks out of your cosmetics (Squalene).

  • 5. Develop a voice.


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