Silky Shark

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.

Wednesday, 11 July, 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


Ban shark's fin soup in Hong Kong

The oceans are dying, fish are about be consigned to the history books if things don't change.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Shark fin crusader looks to HK

The Macau-born man who spearheaded the successful campaign to ban shark's fin soup in California says it is time for Hong Kong to do the same.

Earlier this month, Californian lawmaker Paul Fong's bill banning shark fin trade was approved by the state's governor, Jerry Brown.

23 Oct 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


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

Sharks threatened by fishing in general, not just by fin harvest

Those who claim that sharks are being decimated for soup and that many millions of sharks are killed every year just for their fins, continue to blame shark's fin soup for the death of sharks. This is not true. Sharks are caught by all nations and races, for their meat. Fins are a valuable by-product.

14 Oct 2009 - 12:00am


Should shark's fin be dropped from all menus?

I refer to the letters which appeared on this subject in Talkback on December 5 and 6.

WWF has been encouraged by the positive response from your readers.

We would like to clarify that WWF is not calling for an indefinite ban on the harvesting of sharks and shark's fin soup.

10 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Friends with serrated smiles

AS A FISHERMAN, back in the days when Aberdeen Harbour was teeming with junks and sampans, Cheng Chor-luk had his fair share of shark encounters, including one with the most feared predator of all.

'I caught a five-metre great white [shark] in my nets, fishing near one of the offshore islands just out of Hong Kong in Chinese waters,' he said.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

OMNIMAX SHOW with big bite

A new Omnimax programme on sharks is showing at the Hong Kong Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Island of the Sharks was shot around Cocos Island, the uninhabited paradise 482 kilometres off the cost of Costa Rica. It boasts the world's highest concentration of the large marine predators, such as white-tip, black-tip, hammerhead and silky sharks.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Something fishy

Under the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Web site recently it was quoted that shark fin is 'said to be useful for the maintenance of a healthy immune system'. Since reference is made to shark fin being a popular ingredient along with other dried seafood, I would like to know what evidence, scientific or otherwise, there is to support this statement that is specific to shark fin.

7 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Indecision over proposed shark study hits criticism

Officials, academics and divers have accused the Government of dragging its feet over a study into sharks recommended by an expert over a year ago.

At least seven people have been killed by sharks in the past five years but neither the Government nor academics know which species attack or why.

7 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Return of the killer sharks

I WAS not surprised by the responses to my letter headlined 'Kill sharks with grenades' (South China Morning Post, July 3). This headline was misleading when taken out of context, as I never implied that all sharks should be attacked in this way. My meaning was 'Use explosives to kill the killer sharks'.

15 Aug 1995 - 12:00am