SHARK FIN SOUP; PROMOTED MYTHS

Cooked with special healthier chicken for many hours. Is it cruel?   Is boiling a live lobster any less cruel?

Who is making a profit from promoting the story that sharks are a threatened species in the ocean? The information is now ten years old in most examples especially the video of a live shark being finned then dumped from a long line fishing vessel under power.

Grey Nurse sharks and Great White sharks (also known as White Pointer)  have been protected and the populations are very good – and perhaps always were larger than were guessed to be.

Overfishing of fin fish around the world is leading to an imbalance with sharks outnumbering fish of equal size. Sharks are not as endangered as fish. Eat more shark?  It’s already happening.  Surimi is processed shark sold as crab sticks, fake lobster and fish balls.

The hazard of eating large shark products is toxic heavy metals in their body.

As for fining live sharks?  Pointless as the body must now accompany the fins to market.

There’s a lot of out-of-date information circulating.  Briefly:
1.  Fishermen prefer to catch marlin, swordfish, tuna – high value products.
2.  Sharks take the baits intended for tuna, marlin, on lines many kilometers long.
3.  Sharks, unable to swim, then drown.  Unable to swim, they drown, dead in 95% of cases.
4.  So, what to do with the dead sharks?  Throw them away?  Process them for $2-3 kilo?
5.  Many (or most) countries, by law, now make fishermen bring whole sharks home, fins attached.
6.  Shark meat is processed into fake fish products, crab sticks, fish fingers etc.
7.  Shark fins are just a bonus, (as compared with a large tuna) crazy to wast them.
8.  A new bait is being trialed, a bait that tuna take yet is distasteful to sharks. It’s expensive.
9.  Fishermen see many sharks offshore and sincerely believe there is no detrimental shortage.
10. There is a decline in all other fin fish, world-wide this is accelerating.
11.  Shark diving companies would have you believe all of the above shark info is untrue.
12.  Same applies to self-promoting marine ‘experts’.  Easy to be interviewed speaking ‘doom and gloom’ info.
13.  Bottom line at Taipei Shark Conference 2002 “We (scientists) should speak more often with fishermen to help with our research.

We now eat shark without realizing it.

However, imitation crab is probably made from stingrays.

NT$70 is about US$2

SHARK CONSERVATION

http://fijisharkdiving.blogspot.com

(The final video features London restaurants)

Conversion rate for $1000 New Taiwan Dollars is about US $33.oo  HOWEVER the weight may be not in kilo’s.

A common weight used is 600 grams, I think!

SHARK FIN SOUP DINNER

A brief summary for this Hong Kong recipe.  The skin of the fin is removed.  The fin is boiled with a chicken for many hours. The chicken cannot be a rooster or a hen that has produced any or many eggs.

This restaurant in Taipei caters for visiting Japanese tourists.

Soup is served bubbling hot, boiling in a bowl.  Small plates of  1. vegetables  2. a sweet and sour sauce  3. XO sauce are added to the soup in stages as it is being consumed so as to alter and create new tastes.

This restaurant will charge about US $40 for the soup as a dinner which also includes a small-to-medium sized  Chilean abalone in special sauce, plus dessert.

Opposition
Many of the arguments used by China, Japan, Russia and several North African countries to oppose the measure were expected to be recycled by delegates later this week when proposals to tightening regulations on the shark trade are considered.

China and Russia argued that shark populations aren’t suffering. Japan insisted that current measures in place are more than adequate. Developing countries like Libya and Morocco complained that any effort to protect sharks would damage the economies of poor fishing nations and burden them with expensive enforcement requirements.

The Chinese delegation said there was no scientific evidence that the shark’s survival is threatened and CITES was not the right forum to handle the issue. The Chinese would prefer to leave regulation to existing tools like the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and regional bodies which conservationists argue have failed to crackdown on illegal fishing and even uphold their own modest quotas. (Courtesy: Associated Press).

It looks like a piece of fish and has the texture of crab.  This is Surimi.  Meanwhile a lot of shark meat is being sold to compensate for a world decline in fin fishes.  In other words, sharks are no longer wasted – unless the shark is over a certain length considered too big for handling.  In that case the fishermen decide it’s fate.  Whatever that is, the fins are not removed (unless a fisheries law is about to be broken).