An ocean devoid of life is a difficult concept to digest, but we are heading in that direction. We are currently deconstructing the foundation of the intricately balanced web that supports all marine life. From microscopic plankton to the largest blue whale, they all depend upon the continuation of a mathematical equation, a system of checks and balances that ensure the survival of each species.
Right now there is a pivotal bill in the California Senate that would ban shark fins from the entire state. Currently, sharks are being finned primarily for the value of their fins which are then used in a soup symbolizing celebration and success. This bill will not only help by preventing interstate fin sales, but it will influence the entire market thought the Americas because California is the port of choice for the fin trade. Forcing finners to use other ports will make this wasteful practice much less profitable and therefore less appealing.
UPDATE – THIS BILL WAS PASSED