Nevermind that really. But just reading what those Hong Kong chums said are making me laugh.Hong Kong shark fin traders criticise US report
Wed, Dec 02, 2009
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong shark fin merchants on Wednesday reacted angrily to a US study that said meat from endangered species was being sold in the city's markets to make a popular soup.
Some new friends for TC.In the new study for the journal Endangered Species Research, US scientists said they had used DNA testing to trace the geographic origin of shark fins on sale in Hong Kong. They found 21 percent of the fins came from endangered scalloped hammerhead shark stocks in the western Atlantic.
But the Hong Kong Shark Fin Trade Merchant's Association said its members had not done anything illegal.
"We are not doing anything against the law. The sale of endangered scalloped hammerhead shark fins has not been made illegal here."
Will someone please educate them?Mak Ching-po, chairman of the Hong Kong Dried Seafood and Grocery Merchants Association, also criticised the study.
"Shark populations will grow exponentially if we don't keep fishing them," Mak told Hong Kong daily The Standard.
"As a result, humans will be in short supply of smaller fish such as garoupa, as sharks will eat them."