Category Archives: Legislation

NOAA Backs Down In Dispute Over California Shark Fin Law

NOAA Backs Down In Dispute Over California Shark Fin Law Huffman: “Pleased that NOAA has decided not to interfere with the progress California and other states have made in ending the cruel practice of shark finning” WASHINGTON­—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), who has led the Congressional effort to protect California’s landmark law banning the sale, … Continue reading NOAA Backs Down In Dispute Over California Shark Fin Law

Texas House of Representatives Passes Bill to Ban Trade in Shark Fins

Texas could become first Gulf Coast state to enact ban and protect shark species The Texas House of Representatives passed H.B.852 to prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transportation of shark fins in Texas. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-District 38, passed the House with a 87-42 vote. Katie Jarl, Texas state … Continue reading Texas House of Representatives Passes Bill to Ban Trade in Shark Fins

California/Oregon Drift Gillnet Fishery Violates the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Brendan Cummings Ocean Program Director PO Box 549 • Joshua Tree, CA • 92252 T: (760) 366-2232 x. 304 • F: (760) 366-2669 •bcummings@biologicaldiversity.org Via Electronic and Certified Mail June 23, 2006 Carlos M. Gutierrez Secretary of Commerce U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 5516 Washington, D.C. 20230 Email: cgutierrez@doc.gov Dr. William … Continue reading California/Oregon Drift Gillnet Fishery Violates the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Secretary Salazar Issues Decision on Point Reyes National Seashore Permit

U. S. Department of the Interior                                                    Date: November 29, 2012                                  Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202-208-6416 Secretary Salazar Issues Decision on Point Reyes National Seashore Permit  Multipart decision includes transition for oyster company, clarity for  ranching activities, and fulfilling Congressional vision for wilderness WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today issued a decision that … Continue reading Secretary Salazar Issues Decision on Point Reyes National Seashore Permit

”Texans for Sharks” New Chapter Launched to Support Texas Shark Fin Legislation.

Help us save the oceans by protecting these important predators! Sharks are in trouble. For 400 million years sharks have protected our ocean ecosystem. But many species are threatened with extinction within our lifetime. Shark fin traders may kill as many as 8000 sharks per hour. Global attitudes are rapidly shifting in favor of sharks. … Continue reading ”Texans for Sharks” New Chapter Launched to Support Texas Shark Fin Legislation.

Shark Fin Bans Head East to Illinois, Virginia and Maryland as Fin Traders Challenge California Law

With growing momentum the movement to limit the shark fin trade is building in States across the nation.  Last week an Illinois Billl sponsored by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) would institute the ban on shark fins, the central ingredient for the delicacy shark fin soup, throughout the state starting July 2013. Shark fin bans have … Continue reading Shark Fin Bans Head East to Illinois, Virginia and Maryland as Fin Traders Challenge California Law

Victory for Sharks: Governor Signs Shark Bill

Press Release: For Immediate Distribution 10/07/11 Forest Knolls California makes waves for sharks. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a landmark bill protecting sharks. AB 376, by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), bans the possession and sale of shark fins in California. Shark fins are used to make the Asian delicacy shark fin soup. Once a … Continue reading Victory for Sharks: Governor Signs Shark Bill

Contact Governor Jerry Brown in Support of AB 376

  The Honorable Edmund “Jerry” Brown Governor of California State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Date:  September 10, 2011 RE: AB 376: Shark Protection Act — SUPPORT   Dear Governor Brown:   I am writing to urge you to sign Assembly Bill 376 (Fong/Huffman), the Shark Protection Act, to end California’s role in the destruction … Continue reading Contact Governor Jerry Brown in Support of AB 376

Call or Write these Senators in opposition to AB 376

Please call these Senators- especially if you are in their district- and ask them to support shark protection.  Talking points on our home page link. The following five senators have publicly spoken out against AB 376, voted against AB 376 in committee, or abstained in committee. Senator Yee (D-San Francisco) – (publicly opposed) – Sacramento … Continue reading Call or Write these Senators in opposition to AB 376