06 Mar '12, 4pm

Green Blog: Shark Fins Are Loaded With a Neurotoxin, Study Finds

Marcus Yam for The New York Times Shark fins (second row from top) at a store in New York’s Chinatown section. Shark fins contain high levels of a potent neurotoxin that scientists have linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a recent study published in the journal Marine Drugs. The study was the first to find the toxin, BMAA , or Beta-methylamino-L-alanine, in sharks, said the lead author, Deborah C. Mash , a researcher at the University of Miami. Previous research by the same group found significant quantities of the substance in several varieties of fish, crustaceans and shellfish on the Florida coast. The study provides another reason not to eat shark fins or shark fin soup, an expensive delicacy prized in Asia for its taste and supposed health benefits. Growing demand for the product drives a global hunt that kills an estima...

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