Beyond the Bycatch
Merewalesi Laveti And Josua Turaganivalu
Source: The Fiji Times Online
November 16, 2011
"FISHING is a way of life for our coastal communities, not only here in Fiji but throughout the Pacific. We depend on the sea for our livelihood and this has been an integral part of our culture and tradition for countless generations.
...Recent research conducted by the Coral Reef Alliance found that shark fin operators have been working in the Fiji islands for a significant period of time, with approximately one tonne of shark's fin exported to Asia on a monthly basis.Shark's fin soup is a so-called delicacy, historically sought after by Chinese emperors because of its unusual preparation. Shark's fin dishes are popular for important occasions such as weddings and business deals, symbolising prosperity and dominance.
Studies have actually discovered that shark's fins hold very little nutritional value and may even be detrimental to your health over the long-term."
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