In the United States, the government urges Americans to consume shark

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Last month, the National Maritime Fisheries Service (NMFS), in charge of the protection of fish populations and their habitats, published a note of surprise, to say the least: "For a sustainable source of protein, try eating shark once in a while."

A surprising announcement … and yet. For aficionados, and if cooked properly, the shark would have a taste of steak, close to pork, chicken or even alligator. Elsewhere in the world, the Peruvians eat it in ceviche, the Icelanders let it ferment and the Chinese love their fins.

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"There is no sustainable fishing for sharks"

In arguing for its fishing quotas and noting that none of the forty-three species of Atlantic sharks observed is in danger of disappearing under the Endangered Species Act, the agency suggests that US fishing is the most sustainable in the world.

The latter therefore suggests that consumers who buy sharks caught in the United States can do so without feeling guilty. The American shark would therefore be a sustainable food choice as well as an ecological choice for Americans.

False good idea

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In 2017, according to available figures, nearly 13,000 tons of sharks were fished, including 4,000 tons sold for export. But for some marine species protection associations, encouraging the consumption of sharks, whose demand is already rising, is to take the risk of restarting an abusive fishing. "There is no sustainable shark fishery" because sharks reproduce too slowly. They recall, for example, that the stock of shortfin mako sharks has been so overexploited in the Atlantic that it would be necessary to wait until 2045 for it to recover, even with a total ban.



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