Sharks' Fin Ban

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John McCosker is a Senior Scientist and the first Chair of Aquatic Research at the California Academy of Sciences. From 1973 through 1994 he was Director of the Steinhart Aquarium.  The California Legislature has introduced a bill (AB 376) making it illegal to sell or possess shark fins.  Shark fin soup is prized dish in China and a growing middle class is increasing demand.  Some in Chinese communities oppose the ban.  The New York Times reports that up to 73 million sharks are killed each year.  Read more about the debate in the San Francisco Chronicle.