Protect all sharks within the Gulf of Mexico
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Today (3/26), a bill with a goal of protecting all sharks and rays within state waters of Hawaii moved forward and may become a possibility in the near future. However, I would not want to limit this to just the state waters of Hawaii. Sharks are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of every ocean. In that role, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem, serving as an indicator for ocean health. Which is why my goal is to start with a more local and attainable goal: create a similar bill in our Texas waters, and the entire Gulf of Mexico. The bill would establish fines for “knowingly capture, take, possess, abuse, or entangle any shark, whether alive or dead, or kill any shark, within state marine waters.”
Sharks have been swimming the world’s oceans for more than 400 million years — 100 million years before the dinosaurs appeared on land. But today, shark populations are dramatically falling due to commercial fishing. These animals are precious and need to be protected, and it starts with us! #TheMegalodonLives
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