How Will Gloria Maris Respond to Hong Kong’s Shark’s Fin Ban?

January 1, 2019

Hong Kong, the world’s shark’s fin trade capital, has finally banned this controversial delicacy (along with bluefin tuna and fat choy) from being served at official state functions. Conservation advocates have also urged private citizens to emulate their government’s decision.

Last year, the mainland Chinese government announced that it would stop serving shark’s fin during large gatherings, a move that was praised and supported by a lot of international environmentalist groups. Now, Hong Kong has likewise followed suit. .

According to Allen To of the World Wildlife Foundation, more than 150 corporations have pledged to stop serving Shark’s Fin Soup. These include a number of Hong Kong hotels, as well as the Cathay Pacific airline. However, we doubt if establishments in the Philippines would do the same.

In the Philippines, longstanding Chinese restaurants such as Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin restaurant have been serving this dish for more than a decade. Other newcomers, such as Choi Garden and Jumbo Seafood Restaurant, have been parading Shark’s Fin as the star of their establishments’ menus.

Due to its controversial nature, it’s no surprise that the practice has garnered much negative publicity. There are numerous websites that have been campaigning to put an end to shark’s fin consumption. Even celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey has starred in a television special dedicated to educating consumers on the “brutal and destructive shark fishing industry.”

Now that Hong Kong has officially  banned shark’s fin, how do you think our local Chinese restaurants will respond? Would they even care? How would this issue affect well-known local Chinese restaurants such as Choi Garden, Jumbo, and Gloria Maris?

Share  your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sources: China Realtime Report, BBC

Header and Thumbnail image via Masen Marine Research

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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4 responses to “How Will Gloria Maris Respond to Hong Kong’s Shark’s Fin Ban?”

  1. Mark says:

    I don’t think that the ban on shark’s fin will literally shut these places down. I think that they use shark’s fin (besides the traditional and cultural implications to a dish) is primarily for the texture and the mouthfeel. It doesn’t really add another dimension of taste, so people might not even know that it’s gone.

  2. D Camacho says:

    The third picture made me sad. 🙁

  3. hehehe says:

    Someone will eventually develop imitation shark’s fin, if just for the sake of being able to serve it in soups. I just hope it would not contain melamine, lead, or human placenta. 🙂

  4. Lars Roxas says:

    This is a stupid, horrible question buuuuttt…why just the fin? I mean, you already killed Jaws, why not also eat the rest of him?

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