DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concern

@inproceedings{Steinke2017DNAAO,
  title={DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concern},
  author={Dirk Steinke and Andrea M. Bernard and Rebekah L. Horn and Paul R. Hilton and Robert Hanner and Mahmood Shivji},
  booktitle={Scientific Reports},
  year={2017}
}
Continuously increasing demand for plant and animal products causes unsustainable depletion of biological resources. It is estimated that one-quarter of sharks and rays are threatened worldwide and although the global fin trade is widely recognized as a major driver, demand for meat, liver oil, and gill plates also represents a significant threat. This study used DNA barcoding and 16 S rRNA sequencing as a method to identify shark and ray species from dried fins and gill plates, obtained in… CONTINUE READING
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