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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “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.
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.