Well, that's exactly what California Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Carmel) thought when he called the Monterey Bay Aquarium for their counsel and support for such a bill.
The Aquarium's Seafood Watch and policy teams worked with Monning's office to word legislation that could really benefit both California's fisheries, and the sustainable seafood movement.
Yesterday, (Monday October 12) the bill was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger! Thank you to all of our supporters who took the time to write via our online tool. Many thanks also to the Seafood Watch partners who co-signed a chef and restaurant letter in support.We were so pleased to work with Assemblyman Bill Monning in shaping this important piece of legislation. At a time when our oceans are in crisis, commercial fishermen are struggling and fisheries are in decline, it is more important than ever to support the work of people who are fishing responsibly and to ensure that they get the assistance they need to win official certification of their practices. Now they have tools that will help them bring their seafood to market, especially locally, here in California.
Aquarium Vice President, Mike Sutton said, "Governor Schwarzenegger again today proved himself an ocean champion by signing AB1217 into law. This new law will encourage more sustainable fishing in California and help our fishermen compete in global markets that increasingly demand seafood from sustainable sources.”
California is leading the way toward a future with healthy oceans. The Sustainable Seafood Bill is the latest example of legislation recognizing that ocean-friendly is good for people and for ocean ecosystems. It is a wonderful way to help celebrate our 25th anniversary, and a gift for future generations.
Watch Assemblymember Monning introduce the bill for a final vote.