One of the most expensive and popular delicacies in Asia is being slowly banned in the United States.  Legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo today now makes New York among the states prohibiting the sale, possession, and distribution of shark fins.

Photo: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Flickr

The Governor says more than seventy million sharks are killed annually "to supply the growing demand for their fins...Not only is this process inhumane, but it also affects the natural balance of the oceanic ecosystem."  Cuomo also extended the regulatory authority of the Department of Environmental Conservation to manage sharks in New York through December 31, 2015.

Photo: Office of Assemblyman Mark Titone

In a written release provided by the Governor's office, Staten Island Assemblyman Matthew Titone said, "Although much-maligned in popular culture, sharks are a keystone species.  Sharks help ensure a stable ecosystem, preventing the spread of disease by scavenging carcasses and preying on weak fish.  Enacting this bill allows the DEC the necessary authority to help maintain healthy and balanced oceans."

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New York Assembly Unanimously Passes Ban On Shark Fins [VIDEO]

If Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a new bill into law you will not be able to sink your jaws into a popular seafood delicacy. The New York Assembly voted unanimously this week to prohibit the sale, possession, and purchase of shark fins.