Shark and Sacks

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Contents:
- California Fin Ban upheld
- India protects sharks
- New York bag reduction

Hello fellow ocean lovers!

On 27 August, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld California's shark fin ban. Opponents of the ban alleged that the California Legislature knowingly and intentionally discriminated against Chinese-Americans in passing AB 376 in 2011. The high court sustained the lower federal court's ruling that the law was, indeed, passed to accomplish "stated humanitarian, conservationist, and health goals."

India protects sharks

India, one of the largest shark-catching nations in the world, has taken a bold step to protect sharks.

On 26 August, the Environment Ministry of India announced its new policy, which prohibits hunting sharks for their fins alone. Acknowledging that it is extremely difficult to identify species by fins alone, the Ministry considers any fin to be from a potentially endangered species. Fishermen caught with detached fins may face up to seven years in prison.

New York bag reduction proposed

Working in Collaboration with the Clean Seas Coalition, BagIt NYC, and a number of other organizations, we are excited to announce the introduction of legislation that proposes to reduce the number of single-use bags (both paper and plastic) in New York City. Using a staggering 5.2 BILLION single-use plastic bags every year, New Yorkers are in a position to make an incredible impact by adopting and implementing this law.

Our Executive Director had the honor of giving closing remarks at the press conference announcing the proposed ordinance by New York City Councilmemebers Brad Lander, Margaret Chin, and others on 20 August. The proposal was formally introduced to the full council at the regularly scheduled meeting two days later.

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Wishing you healthy oceans,

Your friends at COARE

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