<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Scientists at the University of Exeter made the shocking discovery after sampling shark products from fishmongers and chip shops, as well as the fins of an Asian food wholesaler based in the UK. Scientists at the University of Exeter made the shocking discovery after sampling shark products from fishmongers and chip shops, as well as the fins of an Asian food wholesaler based in the UK.
The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports on January 31, found that most of the chip store samples – which were sold under generic names like huss, salmon rock and rock – were really thorny slugs.
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The fins sampled at the food wholesaler included clipped hammerhead sharks, which are classified as globally "threatened" and subject to strict restrictions on international trade.
The shocking discovery was made using "DNA barcoding," a method that uses a designated portion of a specific gene to identify an organism for the species.
The study analyzed 78 samples from chip shops and 39 from fishmongers, mainly in the south of England, as well as 10 whites from a wholesaler.
The researchers also studied 30 fins seized by the UK Border Force on their way to Mozambique for Asia, including bull sharks – a species classified as "almost threatened."
After the discovery, the researchers called for more specific labeling to let people know which species of fish they are eating.
Dr Andrew Griffiths of the University of Exeter said: "The discovery of endangered hammerhead sharks highlights how widespread the sale of declining species is – even reaching Europe and the UK."
'Separate Asia-focused investigations have commonly identified hammerhead sharks cut in fin processing.
"The cut hammerhead can be imported under strict conditions, but the wholesaler had no idea of what species the fin had belonged to."
The fins of the UK wholesaler, which supplies UK restaurants and supermarkets, also included other endangered species of sharks, such as hammerhead sharks and smalleye hammerheads.
Chip analysis also identified other species of sharks globally threatened, such as hunting dogs, straight dogs and blue sharks.
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The first author Catherine Hobbs, also from the University of Exeter, said of the findings: "People may think they are buying a product of sustainable origin when they are actually buying an endangered species.
"There are also health problems. Knowing which species you are buying may be important in terms of allergies, toxins, mercury content and the growing concern with microplastics in the marine food chain.
"The knowledge of shark species consumption in the UK, especially those of forbidden species and those of high conservation concern, increases our ability to cope with the decline in shark populations.
Simon Walmsley, WWF Chief Advisor told Yahoo News UK: "Endangered species of sharks should not end up on people's boards as their weekend, particularly the vulnerable and endangered thorny spittle.
"This highlights the gaps that still exist around tracking where the fish come from.
"We are working with people across the industry to translate policy changes into effective action and ensure that consumers know what they are eating from the table to the table."