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Illegal trade in shark products dismissed by UK fish and chip industry

February 7, 2019 - from SeafoodSource

"University of Exeter researchers, studying the DNA of shark products sold in fishmongers, fish and chip shops, and Asian wholesalers in England, believe they have uncovered serious cases of mislabeling and a potential trade in critically endangered species."
"The scientists found that 90 percent of products sold at fish and chip shops under umbrella terms such as huss, rock salmon, and rock eel, were actually spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias). "
"Other species identified include blue sharks, Pacific spiny dogfish, nursehounds, and starry smoothounds, most of which are not in threatened categories, but they only made up a small minority of the samples."
"The Exeter study looked at 117 tissue samples from shark meat products from 90 different retailers. Seventy-eight of these were battered and fried and originated from fish and chip shops and 39 were either fresh or frozen and bought from fishmongers."

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