Courtesy Image Pew Environment Group
In many U.S. cites shark fin soup has been banned and taken off the menus of American restaurants, yet in the United States alone people are still willing to pay up to $100 per bowl for this Asian delicacy. However what they may not be aware of is that the fins in soup came from an endangered species of shark.
Stony Brook University and Field Museum in Chicago with support from the Pew Environment Group, conducted a scientific analysis of shark fin soup served in 14 U.S. cities. They found that it contains at-risk species which included scalloped hammerhead, which is listed by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered globally.
The team also found that besides the scalloped hammerhead that out of 32 of the samples taken , many other sharks species found are currently all listed as vulnerable to extinction.
“This is further proof that shark fin soup here in the United States—not just in Asia—is contributing to the global decline of sharks,” Liz Karan, manager of global shark conservation at the Pew Environment Group. “Sharks must be protected from overfishing and any international trade in these vulnerable and endangered species must be tightly regulated.”
Below is a chart provided courtesy of Pew Environment Group which pretty much says it all.