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Genetic Analyses Show Endangered Species in Shark Fin Soupi
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Zulima Palacio
August 15, 2012 7:56 PM
Each year, fishermen catch millions of sharks, cut off their fins, and dump the bodies into the ocean to die. The fins are used to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy sold in many countries. Recently, a team of scientists and environmental groups collected soup from restaurants across the United States and analyzed the soups' genetic make-up. They found endangered species on the menu. VOA's Zulima Palacio has details.

Genetic Analyses Show Endangered Species in Shark Fin Soup

Zulima Palacio

Published August 15, 2012

Each year, fishermen catch millions of sharks, cut off their fins, and dump the bodies into the ocean to die. The fins are used to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy sold in many countries. Recently, a team of scientists and environmental groups collected soup from restaurants across the United States and analyzed the soups' genetic make-up. They found endangered species on the menu. VOA's Zulima Palacio has details.