Led by his love of sharks, Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay embarked on an investigation into shark’s fin, the controversial dish that is wildly popular among the middle class in China, and in Chinese communities around the globe.
Shark’s fin itself is virtually tasteless and not only are the claims of its ability to boost sexual potency unverifiable, it may cause sterility in men if consumed in large quantities, due to the mercury content. The FDA recommends that pregnant women and children lay off shark’s fin altogether.
With 100 million sharks killed each year, shark species are now being driven to extinction at an alarming pace, and the need to protect them grows ever more urgent.
To understand the trade, Ramsay hops on a fishing boat off the coast of Costa Rica, and witnesses the de-finning of sharks before they are thrown back into the sea to die. He then speaks to food editors in Taiwan, and restaurant owners in London’s Chinatown in an effort to change the minds of the people that are eating them.
Watch a snippet of Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait after the jump…
Also watch this report by CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout on the proposed shark’s fin ban in California:
To help save the sharks, you can donate to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.