Recently, the Pew Environment Group did a DNA study of shark fin soup at restaurants in 14 states and found, to officials' dismay, that they contained shark species considered endangered, vulnerable or "near-threatened."
The idea is that people might unwittingly eat one of these species, thinking they were actually eating a shark that is in plentiful supply.
“The DNA testing again confirms that a wide variety of sharks are being killed for the fin trade, including seriously threatened species,” Demian Chapman, who co-led the DNA testing at the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University in New York, said in a press release. “U.S. consumers of shark fin soup cannot be certain of what’s in their soup. They could be eating a species that is in serious trouble.”
But, uh..... Apparently, shark fin soup costs in the realm of $100 a bowl, so the best thing for both the sharks and your wallet might be to stay away from the stuff. Then again, I've never tasted it, so maybe I'm missing something here.