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Wedding Without Fins

Jul 01, 2018

The past few years have seen more and more couples eschewing shark’s fin soup in their wedding banquet menus. This is often the case when the soon-to-be-weds are environmentally-conscious and therefore make it a point to select an alternative dish and go fin-free on their wedding day.

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Photo by Wondrous Vision, courtesy of WWF Malaysia

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The following all play a role in reducing the consumption of shark’s fin :

  • Soon-to-be-weds.
  • Wedding vendors.
  • Restaurants.
  • Hotels.

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Skip the shark's fin at the banquet
Suit by Armadale Weddings, photo courtesy of WWF Malaysia

Some alternatives to shark’s fin soup would include* :

  • Double-boiled chicken, mushroom, cabbage, bamboo pith.
  • Double-boiled chicken, fish maw, fleece flower root, mushroom.
  • Double-boiled chicken, black garlic, Chinese cabbage, mushroom.
  • Braised crab meat soup, shredded lips, sea cucumber.
  • Crab meat, scallop, crab roe, enoki mushroom.

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Go fin free for your wedding celebrations by omitting shark's fin from your banquet menu
Photo by Wondrous Vision, courtesy of WWF Malaysia

Looking dapper in a suit by Armadale Weddings and
bouquet by Evangeline Craft
Photo courtesy of New World Petaling Jaya Hotel

And although we may already know this, it bears repeating** :

  • Malaysia is the 4th largest importer of shark’s fin from 2000 to 2011.
  • An estimated 84% of imported shark’s fin is consumed domestically.
  • Shark’s fin soup consumers are typically of Chinese ethnicity, with the majority living in the Klang Valley.
  • The consumption of shark’s fin is strongly tied to celebrations, in particular weddings.
  • Whilst 57% believe it would be acceptable to replace Shark’s Fin Soup with other alternatives, 43% felt the sense of tradition outweighs environmental concerns.
  • Sharks are endangered.
  • The demand for fins is currently the main driver of unsustainable fishing for sharks globally.
  • Ending the consumption does not instantaneously reverse the problem.  Ending consumption is the first step as it cuts demand.
  • Sharks are an umbrella species; a keystone species that plays an important ecological role in the marine ecosystem. They keep population of fish stock in check and healthy, losing them will disrupt the balance of the food chain.
  • Some of the measures suggested to better manage and protect sharks would also bring protection for other species.

Wedding without fins
Photo by Wondrous Vision, courtesy of WWF Malaysia

Lovely shot by Wondrous Vision
Gown by The Mod House, suit by Armadale Weddings

* From the menus of New World Petaling Jaya Hotel.

** Provided by WWF Malaysia. The images featured here are from a photo shoot conducted as part of WWF Malaysia's #weddingwithoutfins campaign.


Tip : The more we learn, the more we appreciate the conservation efforts undertaken. Do visit WWF-Malaysia.