March 12, 2010 Featured Article Read More →

No more shark in UK fish and chips

Condensed from and article by Louise Gray –

Spiny dogfish, a fish and chip shop staple sold in Britain for decades, is to disappear from our dinner plates amid concern the rare species of shark is dying out.

Despite restrictions on taking the species from European waters, around 20,000 tonnes of spiny dogfish is still eaten annually in the UK and other EU countries.

But a meeting of 175 countries next week is expected to crack down on trading of the shark meat meaning it will no longer be appearing in the nation’s favourite dish.

Spiny dogfish is one of eight species of shark to be considered at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) – other species are porbeagle shark – that is found off Cornwall – oceanic whitetip, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, dusky and sandbar sharks.

Members will vote on whether to upgrade protection of the sharks to an Appendix II under the convention, meaning it is only possible to trade in the species if the country of export can prove the shark is coming from a sustainable population.

Spiny dogfish are classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Endangered in the Northwest Atlantic and globally as Vulnerable.

A vote at CITES could help ensure the future of the spiny dogfish.


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