Eating shark meat may kill you

2014-06-04 14:41

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Cape Town – Researchers have released a new report illustrating that eating shark meat may kill you.

According to a report on IOL, a study, released at the Sharks International Conference in Durban, there are various amounts of toxic chemicals and poisonous metals in the meat of sharks.

Jann Gilbert, author of Sharks may kill you… if you eat them, said that she had tested meat samples from three different species of shark and found various levels of arsenic and mercury.

According to Gilberts research 273 million sharks are killed annually and a large percentage of these sharks end up in fish markets around the world.

Shark meat is also used in fish meal and fertiliser.

Shark
(G M Andrews, AP)

The study looked at great whites, dusky and sandbar sharks off the Australian coast.

Gilberts said that mercury was 10 times higher than the required safety standards in certain shark species.

Hammerhead sharks also showed to have high levels of arsenic.

Shark conference

The Sharks International Conference started on 2 June and according to Jeremy Cliff, head of research at the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, this year the discussion will include shark ecology, shark behaviour and shark attacks.

The intent of this conference is to foster a forum for the globe's leading shark and ray researchers.

Cliff said that the main issue that will be addressed in how to help conserving endangered sharks.

A very important issue that will be addressed according to Cliff is helping to find ways to conserve the sawfish population.

Cliff argued that the species is almost extinct in the KZN coastline.

Shark Fin
(Kamran Jabreili, AP)

Read more on:    durban  |  conservation  |  research  |  marine life

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