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What Scientists Are Learning About Sharks in the Gulf

It’s early August, and that means that this week millions of Americans are watching one of TV’s greatest aquatic traditions: Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Texans, whose state borders a body of water teeming with sharks of all sizes and species may want to take special notice. According to Dr. Greg Stunz, there are […]

Why a New Law Aims to Ban Shark Fins in Texas

We all know there are sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. But why would Texas lawmakers care? A bill that went before the Senate Natural Resources Committee Tuesday says they should. State Senator Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, whose district includes Galveston, filed Senate Bill 572, which would outlaw the buying and selling of shark fins. Shark fins are […]

No Soup For You! Lawmaker Wants to Take Shark Fin Off the Menu

Update: On March 5, the Senate version of the shark fin bill got a hearing at the Capitol. Read about that here.  Early next month, shark fins will bring a rare mix of folks together at the Texas Capitol. That’s when Rep. Eddie Lucio, D-Harlingen, Hollywood star (and “Friday Night Lights” alum) Kyle Chandler, his daughter and the […]

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