No Fins, No Future Exhibition

A San Francisco non-profit marine nature centre, Aquarium of the Bay, has opened an exhibition entitled No Fins, No Future: Support AB 376 to encourage support for the assembly bill which would ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California.

The second exhibit held at Aquarium of the Bay to educate visitors about shark finning, No Fins, No Future highlights the importance of passing assembly Bill AB 376 through multimedia displays, an action station where personalised postcards can be sent to the bill’s authors, and selected artworks. Wild Aid’s public service announcement, with prominent Chinese basketballer Yao Ming, forms part of the exhibition.

“The passage of AB 376 is an important first step for banning a practice that should be globally illegal,” said Christina J. Slager, Director of Husbandry for Aquarium of the Bay. “Sharks are essential to the health of our oceans, and we need to do everything we can to help rebuild their plummeting populations both in our bay and worldwide—this is a great first step.”

Co-authored by California Assembly members Paul Fong and Jared Huffman, the bill has successfully passed the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee with a 13-0 vote on March 22, and passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations on April 6.

In speaking of the efforts of Aquarium of the Bay in preserving a balance in marine ecosystems, Assemblyman Fong voiced his support for the exhibition: “Its No Fins, No Future: Support AB 376action station exhibit is a stellar example of a medium available for the public to voice support for healthy sharks, healthy oceans, and healthy marine ecosystems.”

Aside from the new shark finning exhibition, Aquarium of the Bay has over 20,000 aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay area and surrounding waters, including nearly 200 different species of sharks, rays, octopus, jelly fish, eels and sea stars.

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