I have gotten a lot of questions after the last post. First, the fish and sharks sold at the market are for consumption. Shark fin soup is a popular in much of Asia and the Middle East. Besides the fins, the rest of the meat is dried in the sun for a few days, then cut into steaks, and preserved in oil. Talk about smelly.
After a couple of hours moving from pile to pile of sharks, we decided enough was enough. We were pretty grossed out by fish at this point, but we decided to get some shrimp and squid for dinner. We bought our couple of dollars of fish and took to to the rows of bangladeshi, indian, and pakistani men that stand all day peeling and cleaning fish. These guys know what they are doing. It will take me 1 hour minimum to clean 5 squid, these guys clean 1kg it in 10 minutes. Professionals.
As to the legality of shark fishing, and fishing in the Red Sea in general, there seems to be a lack of regulation and clear statement of what is and is not ok. Check out below for more info.
what HEPCA has to say
conference in 2000
Thanks to Pablo for photos