|Shark mislabeling threatens biodiversity|In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
Biodiversity; Conservation; Identification; Labelling; Sharks; Species; Marine
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- Bornatowski, H.
- Braga, R.R.
- Vitule, J.R.S.
As commercial fisheries struggle to apply regulatory and legal mechanisms that depend on reliable species-specific data, the shark industry faces an even greater obstacle to transparency: Sellers change product names to overcome consumer resistance. For instance, South Africa sells shark meat (shortfin mako shark) mislabeled as “ocean fillets” or “skomoro” and in doing so threatens a vulnerable species. Conversely, the European Union requires listing the species name on shark products to avoid fraud and to help conserve certain species.