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The toxic delicacy causing ecosystem chaos

Hong Kong (CNN)Adeline Chan's nose crinkled at the market's pungent, briny smell.Chan and her mother were once regulars at Hong Kong's Dried Seafood Market, in Sheung Wan, where endless stalls display plastic bins stuffed with various forms of dried shark fin."We don't need shark fins for ourselves, but sharks need their fins," said Chan, now a vegan. "I stopped consuming shark fin soup four years ago after learning what sharks had to go through before a bowl of shark fin soup is served."But fins continue to be popular at these stores, along with other delicacies such as sea cucumbers, scallops and abalone. According to Hong Kong's tourism board, this seafood market has been around for at least 50 years, but the dried seafood trade can be t ...