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Sharks Cross Fin-ish Line at CITES and A New Era Begins.

By Demian Chapman, Debra Abercrombie, and Carl Safina “Shark Week” came early in 2013, but it was not on TV. It occurred in early March in Bangkok, Thailand, at the world conference of the nearly 200 member nations to CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. After years of work, vigorous debate on the…

Hammerhead Shark Photos From “Exhilarating” Dive

I just returned from an incredible trip scuba diving with great hammerhead sharks. This was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. While underwater I was amazed by these awesome predators. I was able to capture a series of photos (both during day and night) of these mysterious creatures.   As you look…

Excuse Me Waiter, But There’s an Endangered Species in My Bowl of Soup!

Would you eat a bowl of soup if you knew that is was made with minced endangered species? What about if it was also packed full with neurotoxins that can cause degenerative brain disease? Still hungry? This is the case when it comes to shark fin soup, primarily a Chinese delicacy. The soup itself has…

California Bans Shark Fin Trade

A bill in California banning the trade of shark fins has passed, raising controversy in California’s Asian community. The group is the largest consumer of shark fins outside of Asia, and the fins are an ingredient in a soup many consider a delicacy.

What the California Shark Fin Ban Means

California Assemblymen Paul Fong (D-Mountain View) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), with the support of conservation organizations, introduced Assembly Bill 376, which bans the possession, sale or trade of shark fins. “It’s a great day for sharks in California,” said Michael Sutton, vice president for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Center for the Future of the Oceans, a co-sponsor of the legislation.