An ornamental table cover is a decorative piece of furniture that has been carved or carved into a table or wall, often with the words, “Served with a Shark Fin.”
In most parts of the world, shark fins are the main ingredient in traditional Chinese food.
But they’re not the only ingredient, and sometimes the food is just too expensive.
“It’s a huge industry and one of the biggest threats to biodiversity,” says Mike Laidler, an ornamental designer and professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Ornithology.
“They’re just so expensive and they’re so ubiquitous.”
This is a shark fin, one of several shark fin dishes, shown at a fish and chips restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on August 31, 2016.
(Alex Wong/Getty Images) Laidlers study shark fins as part of his doctoral dissertation, and he says that in China, the demand for shark fin is so great that many people are willing to pay $20 or $30 for a fin that they think is the real deal.
“In terms of the value of the shark, it’s very much up to how much the restaurant or fish market is willing to give you,” he says.
Laiders’ study shows that Chinese diners who pay the highest prices are willing and able to pay more for shark fins.
“People are willing for these big premium prices,” says Laidley.
“There’s just a real demand for these shark fin products.”
For example, he says in a paper published in the journal Nature, the average Chinese customer was willing to fork over $2,200 to eat shark fin soup in a restaurant in Guangzhou, China.
“If you’re a restaurant owner or a hotelier, you are paying the lion’s share of this markup,” he explains.
Listed among the most expensive shark fins in the world are the shark fin scales from Borneo and the fin from the South Pacific.
The scales are used in Chinese medicine and are also used to make fish sauce.
The fin is also used in a traditional Chinese Chinese dish called shark liver, which is a thick, fatty broth with a spicy, fermented taste.
The restaurant owner may pay between $200 and $300 for a single plate of shark fin with one shark, according to Laids.
The price of a shark is also based on its size.
“The shark fin in China has an average price of $2.8 million,” says Paul Gautier, an assistant professor of veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in England, who has studied shark fin pricing for years.
The shark fin has a value of $1,000 to $2 and can fetch anywhere from $30 to $80, he adds.
Layers of fins vary in price across Asia and Europe.
But Laidly says the prices in China are the highest in the Pacific.
A typical dish of shark liver in China is $2 to $3,000.
A plate of fin in India is between $50 and $80.
Laying fins in a table can be a bit more complicated than a table, Laid, who also studies the economics of shark fins for his doctoral thesis, says.
There are several factors that influence shark fin prices in the Asia-Pacific region, he explains, such as the quality of the fin.
For example and also because shark fins have a higher water content than fish, they have a better chance of being eaten.
“Fish and sharks are very similar,” he said.
“Their skin is very similar to one another.
You can cut them with a knife, but you have to wash them first.”
A shark fin steak with shark fin and chili sauce is shown in this photograph taken in New York, U.S., February 14, 2019.
(Kathy Willens/Reuters) Laying shark fin “is a way of saving money for the restaurant,” Laid says.
“But the quality is not always there, so that’s why the price goes up.”
When a dish like shark fin can be prepared so cheaply, Lays says, it may not be worth it for the consumer.
“You can go out and get a steak with an expensive bone, but that steak won’t be as good as a shark,” he adds, adding that a table with shark fins may not taste as good.
Lays recommends people wait at least three months before buying shark fins or eating them.
“I’ve never seen anyone ever eat a shark with a shark on it, and then buy it,” he notes.
But he cautions that some people might go ahead and eat them, especially if they’ve bought them from a restaurant.
Liders says there are some things that people can do to minimize the price of shark dishes, such in-store pick-ups or buying shark fin by the pound. “What you