he end of shark fin soup in California is coming. Both houses of the state's legislature have passed Assembly Bill 376, banning the sale and trade of shark fins. The bill is now on Governor's desk and he has until Sept. 18 to sign or veto the bill. If he signs or does nothing, the bill would go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. Should that happen, then one of the largest markets for shark fins outside of Asia will be shut down and one of the main gateways for shark fin distribution in the United States will be closed.
After heated discussions, the bill passed on Sept. 6 with overwhelming bi-partisan approval. Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon have all banned the trade in shark fins, as have Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.