This is not an article for or against eating of shark meat.
I know "finning" is an atrocious act to the shark population. I have seen a mother shark being slaughtered and my children cried at the sight...little baby sharks coming out of the womb still alive and floating away into the nearby pavement at the Miri Fish Market. I felt my own body curling up in pain and I clutched my child nearest to me. My heart stopped beating as the mother shark closed its eyes. My children looked away from the painful sight.
From a more realistic angle....may be we have to take a look at how some of the indigenous people living off the sea look at their harvest from the sea. The sea is now giving less to the local fishermen who have few technologically based equipment. Simple boat with minimal equipment. Small boats which cannot go too far out to the sea. The weather has not been fishermen friendly..and the seas have become warmer.
Fish prices have gone up from RM 6 per kg for ikan tenggiri to RM24 in the last 4 or 5 years.
And so many people have gotten used to trying out the cheaper fish (which used to be free from the fishermen)...Shark meat!
|It is often said that shark meat is full of mercury (see abstract above)...It is your choice...but the meat is not really that chewy . It is quite tasty actually.|
Let us keep our options more open and be sensible in our eating....