Shark fins drying on sidewalk, Hong Kong (2011. Photo/Wikipedia

Shark fins drying on sidewalk, Hong Kong (2011). Photo/Wikipedia

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that aims to end New York’s contribution to the collapse of shark populations worldwide. Taking effect on July 1, 2014, the law bans the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins. Violations are punishable by up to 15 days in jail and $100 fine for each fish.

New York — one of the largest markets for shark fins outside Asia and the largest port of entry for shark fins on the East Coast — joins seven states and all three Pacific U.S. territories in passing similar laws to provide critical protection to sharks and preserve the health of the world’s ocean ecosystems.

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