According to a Change.org blog post, the Food Network has removed all recipes from their website featuring shark meat. The move was prompted by an online petition, which was signed by over 30,000 people.
Susan Stockton, of Food Network Kitchens issued the following statement on the network’s future use of shark-based ingredients:
"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."
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list recommends seafood options based on catch methods and species sustainability with a goal of maintaining healthy oceans.