Hong Kong Gov't Will Stop Serving Shark Fin

Bluefin tuna, black moss will also no longer be on menu at official functions
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2013 5:50 PM CDT
Hong Kong Gov't Will Stop Serving Shark Fin
In this 2011 photo, shark fins are available for sale at $480 and $495 a pound at a store in Chinatown in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

The menus at the Hong Kong's official functions just got a bit more eco-friendly. The government has announced it will stop serving shark fin at its events, and will encourage government-funded bodies to follow suit, the BBC reports. It will also stop serving bluefin tuna—which is endangered—and black moss—the harvesting of which is causing desertification, reports the South China Morning Post. "Since it is not possible to list all food items of concern exhaustively, the exclusion of these three items from official menus is a start and also serves as an example to raise public education and awareness about sustainability," says a government spokesperson. (More shark fin soup stories.)

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