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No more shark fin is good news

I've just read that the mainland is planning to ban shark's fin soup from being served at official banquets. While many people believe the dish is a symbol of wealth, it requires the killing of millions of sharks each year.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:08pm

Some fin really special

Twelve beaches across Hong Kong were closed last week after bathers spotted the black fin of a suspected whale shark slicing through the water.

While it is wise to get out of the sea until one knows what kind of shark it is, most people have little knowledge about these marine beasts.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Missed opportunity over whale shark

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department probably overreacted to the sighting of a suspected whale shark off Lamma Island on Sunday by closing 12 beaches across the city - missing a chance to educate people about marine preservation, says a conservationist.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Petition to Legco that criticises eating of shark fin contains tainted information

I refer to the Lai See item ('Unhealthy appetite for cruelty in world's shark-fin capital, June 5) on a recent petition to legislators in Hong Kong, which once again criticises Chinese people for eating shark fin. It is signed by 41 scientists.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Case builds against shark fin

Besides protecting the ecosystem, there may be another reason to avoid eating shark fin - your health.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Sustainable fishing is what matters

Proposed European Union shark fishing regulations will require sharks to be landed with fins on ('Europe plans blanket ban on shark finning', November 22).

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Shark fin off the menu

One of Hong Kong's top hotels, The Peninsula, announced this week that it would no longer serve shark fin. People who booked shark fin before November 21 will still be able to have it at their banquets.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Scourge of sharks not just HK's soup treat

The Chinese love of shark's fin soup gets all the blame. But fish and chips in Britain and Australia, shark sashimi in Japan, and shark-based products in Taiwan contribute significantly to depletion of shark populations, diverse studies show.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am


Sustainable fisheries key to shark fin debate

I refer to the letter by Charlie Lim, of the Marine Products Association ('Distinct lack of tolerance in shark fin debate', April 4).

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Distinct lack of tolerance in shark fin debate

Kerry Hasell ('Unsustainable shark fishing is a global issue that affects us all', March 22) and Stan Shea ('As societies change, traditions must, too', March 18) are critical of my views that shark meat is the main driver of shark fisheries, and China should be wary of abandoning traditional cuisine for the wrong reasons.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Shark's fin campaign is about sustainable fishing, not culture

I refer to the letter by Robert Jenkins, president of Species Management Specialists ('Shark activists take Cites' name in vain', January 15).

I am writing on behalf of a coalition of shark conservation organisations based in Hong Kong, who are leading a constructive, evidence-based approach to reducing shark's fin soup consumption and trade in the city.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

We can all do our bit and stop trade in endangered sharks

A few weeks ago, I spoke at St Paul's Co-educational College on why Hong Kong is the greatest threat to the world's oceans.

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A turning of the tide on trade in shark fin

Those of us who do not regularly read the Chinese media may not appreciate the degree to which the tide is turning in favour of shark conservation. A number of high-profile events and media attention over recent months in Hong Kong, the shark fin capital of the world, is resulting in a major shift in public opinion.

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am


Buy smart to save pink dolphins at risk

We have been learning about the endangered tigers and pink dolphins in a school project.

30 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Lips sealed on fins

Green Sense's 'Shark We Care' campaign has seen a total of 182 schools sign up. The campaign was launched last month, and called on all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools to pledge to stop using shark fins in their school banquets and ceremonies,

21 Jun 2010 - 12:00am