Shark Fin Soup and Endangered Species in the U.S.

Published on August 9th, 2012 | by

Sharks listed as endangered species are on the menu in U.S. restaurants.  DNA testing by Stony Brook University’s Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in New York verified that many different species of shark end up in shark fin soup, most threatened or endangered.

Researchers collected samples of shark fin soup from restaurants in fourteen cities across the United States.  They found thirty-three different species of shark in the soups, including endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks.  More than 70 million sharks are killed annually, largely for their fins, which can fetch up to $100 per kilogram.

Threatened shark species turning up in US restaurants (via AFP)

Threatened shark species are being used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, in several US cities, according to an unprecedented study based on DNA testing. Thirty-three different species of sharks turned up in samples collected in 14 cities and analyzed at Stony Brook University’…


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