30 Jan '11, 10pm

Call to keep shark's fin off your Chinese New Year dinner plate

SINGAPORE -No shark's fin on your Lunar New Year menu? A local marine conservation group, Project: FIN, has launched a campaign on social networking site, Facebook, asking people to change their profile picture to one which says: Celebrate Chinese New Year with no shark's fin soup. Since the launch last Wednesday, the group claims the campaign has spread globally, attracting more than 20 organisations such as Shark Rescue from the United States and the Hong Kong Shark Foundation. Project: FIN founder Jennifer Lee told MediaCorp: "Some restaurants have put baby shark's fins on the menu and that's very worrying because adult shark population is declining due to increased demand for shark's fin in Asia." The depletion of stock is compounded as sharks take many years to mature and produce few young. This means that their populations are slow to recover once over-fished. WWF Si...

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