Conservation Conversation – UnFINished Business: Shark Trade in Singapore

February 5, 2021

I’m curious to find out what people’s perception of shark products are, from the fin to the meat! I remember seeing shark fin soups at wedding receptions as a kid, but I never knew the latter was sold in restaurants and shops too! I’m glad to see more places removing it from their menus, however I was recently served shark fin soup at a restaurant and later found out it’s still common practice. This is why we’re still speaking about this topic.

WWF-Singapore hosted a webinar next week which I was a part of together with shark expert Naomi Clark-Shen and Aqeela from WWF-Singapore! We shared more about the shark trade in Singapore and sustainable seafood in general, and we answered some pretty interesting questions: Does shark’s fin improve virility/longevity? What’s the shark trade like in Singapore? Are you unknowingly consuming shark meat through processed fish products??

If you missed the webinar, you can watch it here with the password sh@rks!1

If you’re looking for ways to help as consumers, you can buy seafood with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and/or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for a start. These certifications ensure that the fishes are:
1. Caught / farmed sustainably;
2. Environmental impact of fishing is minimised; and
3. Fisheries are properly managed.

By supporting these products, you are increasing the demand for sustainably-sourced seafood which encourages more businesses to adopt responsible business choices.

I also shared some recourses here (with clickable links!) to some of my go-to sustainable seafood recipes.

Conversation without concrete actions from businesses and governments are merely conversation. In light of this, WWF-Singapore are actively working with businesses and decision-makers to ensure marine life is adequately protected. Your support goes a long way!