Food Network and Cooking Channel have pulled all recipes with shark meat from their websites and will no longer feature shark on any of their shows.
Food Network and Cooking Channel's shark removal was prompted when 31,000 people signed a petition at Change.org in ten days, decrying the use of sharks and other fish included on the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list in the two networks' programming.
Susan Stockton of Food Network Kitchens issued a statement:
As a policy, Food Network and Cooking Channel do not incorporate or showcase recipes that involve animals on endangered species list or the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list, with the recent addition of sharks to those watch-lists, we will make sure that future content does not highlight shark as an ingredient. We understand there are many species with sustainability concerns, and we make efforts to stay informed and pass that information onto our audience.
One-third of the world's shark species are endangered, which isn't helped by the demand for shark meat and shark fin soup.
So kiss your "Battle: Shark Fin" episode of Iron Chef goodbye.