Shark meat has been eaten by humans for centuries. In some cultures, it is considered a rare delicacy that has healing medicinal benefits, in others, it is a staple food, while in recent years it has emerged as a trendy feature in gourmet restaurants.
Yes, shark meat is legal for consumption in Pakistan. Sharks produce a very high yield of meat, based on their body weight. That said, Shark meat has become a favorite of fish frying vendors, and caterers. shark meat has also been known to contain high levels of mercury in some cases. The biggest issue with fishing for sharks, however, is the trading of fins.
Sharks have a very strong fishy odor, strong flavor, and a firm texture. Shark meat turns out to be a delicacy if prepared correctly.
English Name: Shark
Local Name: Mangra, Paagas, Baarkali, Pari Mangra
Scientific Name: Selachimorpha
Sharks live in most ocean habitats around the world. They can be found in beautiful, tropical coral reefs, to the deep sea, and even under the sea ice
Sharks are caught using gillnets and handlines.
Most sharks have a muscular, asymmetrical, upturned tail; pointed fins; a pointed snout; and sharp triangular teeth. Sharks have no swim bladder and must swim perpetually to keep from sinking. Most species bear live young.
Most Sharks are grey or greyish brown above, white below; dorsal and anal fins slightly darker than back.
On average, the Shark size range is 2 to 30 kg per fish. However, other sizes are also occasionally available.
Since Shark is usually large in size, it’s preferred for boneless cutting.
Approx. Cutting Yields
Whole: 100 %
Gutted: 80 %
Headless and Gutted: 60 %
Boneless: 50 %
Shark is preferred to grill, bbq, fry, and steam.
For most adults, consuming 350 grams of Shark meat per week is the recommendation to keep mercury levels under control. That being said, like other fish, Shark has the benefits of omega-3 which is known to improve brain health, heart health, and reducing diabetes.