How DNA tech is cracking down on illegal shark fin trade

Diego Cardenosa

Diego Cardenosa saw the real-life impact of his work within 24 hours of defending his Ph.D.

The news of the biggest shark fin seizure in history broke in Hong Kong, thanks to the help of Cardenosa and Institute of Environment researcher Demian Chapman’s DNA tool kit.

The testing system, funded by the Paul G. Allen Family foundation, uses shark DNA to create a barcode for shark species. It gives inspectors a cost effective way to identify threatened species and helps with enforces management and protection measures.

Read how DNA is cracking down on the illegal shark fin trade, originally published on Vulcan, Inc.’s website.