'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

August 11, 2014 8:08 PM

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'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

Discovery Channel set viewership records in 2013 as millions of people tuned in to watch sharks feed, sharks attack, extinct giant sharks and researchers catch and tag sharks. Discovery's "Shark Week" returned on Sunday, and this year, to the dismay of conservationists, restaurants and markets nationwide are feeding the frenzy with a slew of shark meat promotions.

Shortfin mako shark, a slow-growing fish whose numbers are declining, seems to be the species of choice. It's being featured on menus all over the country — at Doc Magrogan's Oyster House in Philadelphia; Syberg's, a small restaurant chain in St. Louis; Sandbar Mexican Grill, with locations in Chand...

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