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19 Dec 2013:   New York City Bans Polystyrene Fooodware

Today, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to ban Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foodware (commonly referred to as "styrofoam"™).

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


22 Apr 2013:   OWUSS and COARE Announce New Partnership

This weekend, at the annual Rolex Scholarship Awards Ceremony, COARE and the Our World–Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) announced a new partnership and Ocean Conservation Internship.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


29 Nov 2012:   Illinois Senate upholds veto of bad bag bill

Today, the Illinois Senate rejected an attempt to override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of Senate Bill 3442, which would have prohibited cities in Illinois from enacting bans or recycling policy regarding single-use plastic bags.

View our blog posting covering the issue.


22 Nov 2012:   EU Parliament votes to strengthen shark finning regulations

Today, the European Parliment voted overwhelmingly to address loopholes in regulations regarding shark finning.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


25 Aug 2012:   Governor vetoes bill to prohibit bag bans

Today, Governor Pat Quinn rejected SB 3442, a bill that would have prevented much of Illinois from instituting bans on single-use plastic bags.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


01 Jul 2012:   Illinois Shark Fin Ban Signed into Law

Governor Pat Quinn Signed House Bill 4119 into law this afternoon, making Illinois the first midwest State in the U.S. to ban shark fins.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


06 Jun 2012:   California approves final piece of MPA network

The California Fish and Game Commission approved the network of Marine Protected Areas for the North Coast region of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative.

With a 3-0 vote, the Commission brought completion to the network of MPAs in California's open coastal waters, from Mexico to the Oregon state line.

The network of MPAs is the first in the United States to be designed from the ground up as a science-based network, rather than a patchwork of independent protected areas without specific goals and objectives.


05 Jun 2012:   NY shark fin ban passes Senate Committeee

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation voted 13-1 this morning to pass to the full Senate floor S.6431, which proposes to ban the sale, trade, possession, and distribution of shark fins in New York State.


23 May 2012:   Los Angeles becomes largest city to ban plastic bags

The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 today to ban single-use plastic bags.

This measure complements the ban passed by L.A. County in November 2010.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


15 May 2012:   Illinois shark fin bill approved by legislature

Proposed legislation to ban the sale, trade, posession, and distribution of shark fins statewide (HB 4119) was approved (41-13) by the Illinois State Senate this afternoon.

The bill previously passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 81-33, and the bill now moves to the governor's desk for further action.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


25 Apr 2012:   Illinois shark fin bill passes Senate committee

Proposed legislation to ban the sale, trade, posession, and distribution of shark fins statewide was approved (7-1) by the Illinois State Senate Environment Committee this afternoon.

The bill now moves to the full Senate floor.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


26 Mar 2012:   Maryland Senate bans shark fins

Proposed legislation to ban the sale, trade, posession, and distribution of shark fins statewide (SB 465) was passed by the Maryland Senate this afternoon. (42-4)

The bill now moves to the Maryland State House of Delegates.


08 Mar 2012:   Illinois House bans shark fins

Proposed legislation to ban the sale, trade, posession, and distribution of shark fins statewide was passed (81-33) in the Illinois State House of Representatives this afternoon.

The bill now moves to the Illinois State Senate.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


07 Feb 2012:   San Francisco expands bag ban

San Francisco, which introduced the nation's first ban on single-use plastic bags, now boasts the strongest such ordinance.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to expand the existing ordinance to include all retailers and food vendors, and to impose a ten cent ($0.10) fee for paper bags.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


25 Oct 2011:   Toronto adopts historic shark fin ban

Toronto, Canada's largest city, enacted a bylaw banning shark fins today.

Toronto's City Council today voted 38-4 to back the motion introduced by Councillors Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam earlier this year, thus prohibiting the sale, possession, and consumption of shark fins in Toronto.

As Canada's largest city, and with one of the greatest populations of Chinese-Canadians in the nation, Toronto is one of the top consumers of shark fins in Canada.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


13 Oct 2011:   Toronto shark fin ban passes key committee

Today, significant progress was made for shark conservation in Canada's largest city. After lengthy debate, the Toronto City Council's Licensing and Standards Committee voted unanimously to support the proposed ban on the sale, possession, and consumption of shark fins.

The measure now goes before the full City Council on 24 October 2011 for approval.


07 Oct 2011:   California shark fin ban signed into law

Governor Jerry Brown Assembly Bill 376 into law this afternoon, making California that largest State in the U.S. to ban shark fins.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


13 Sep 2011:   Plastic giants drop suit against ChicoBag

Last week we asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers, as well as members of our Enough with the Plastic Already! cause to join our petition to implore plastic bag manufacturers to drop their frivolous lawsuit against ChicoBag, a small reusable bag manufacturer in California.

We're pleaed to report that the lawsuit was dropped, and we thank you all for your help. We reached our goal of more than 25,000 signatures, which Andy Keller, ChicoBag's Founder and President, presented to Hilex Poly yesterday, and that it seems to have helped.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


06 Sep 2011:   California Senate passes historic shark fin ban

The California State Senate today voted to ban the sale, trade, possession, and distribtion of shark fins.   (with a vote of 25-9)

The bill previously passed the State Assembly with a vote of 65-8, and the bill now moves to the governor's desk for further action.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


04 Aug 2011:   Oregon ban on shark fins signed into law

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber today formally signed HB 2838 into law, making Oregon the second State in the continental U.S. to prohibit the sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


14 Jul 2011:   Supreme Court Upholds Plastic Bag Ban

California's Highest Court ruled today that the City of Manhattan Beach acted appropriately in its adoption of a ban on single-use plastic bags.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


02 Jun 2011:   Oregon Lawmakers ban shark fins

The Oregon State House Legislature today voted to ban the sale, trade, possession, and distribtion of shark fins.   The House of Representatives agreed (with a vote of 58-1) to the amendments made by the Senate.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


31 May 2011:   Oregon Senate passes shark fin ban

Today, the Oregon Senate unanimously (30-0) passed HB2838, the proposed ban of shark fins. The Bill previously passed the House unanimously with a vote of 44-0, but was amended slightly in the Senate.

The bill now returns to the Oregon State House of Representatives for concurrence (agreement with the amendments).


24 May 2011:   Brantford is first Canadian City to ban shark fins

The City of Brantford (Ontario) today became the first municipality in Canada to ban the sale, trade, distribution, and consumption of shark fins, adopting and by enacting ByLaw 65-2011.


23 May 2011:   California Assembly passes shark fin ban

Proposed legislation to ban the sale, posession, and distribution of shark fins statewide was passed (60-8) in the California State Assembly this afternoon.
(update: add-on votes later increased the vote tally to 65-8)


12 May 2011:   Washington ban on shark fins signed into law

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today signed SB 5688 into law, making Washington the first State in the continental U.S. to prohibit the sale, purchase, or trade of shark fins.

View the entire press release online or download it as a PDF document.


29 April 2011:   Oregon House bans shark fins

Proposed legislation to ban the sale, posession, and distribution of shark fins statewide was passed unanimously (44-0) in the Oregon State House of Representatives this morning.

The bill now moves to the Oregon State Senate.


26 April 2011:   Santa Clara County bans the bag!

One of California's largest counties banned single-use plastic bags today!

View the San José Mercury News article online.




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