http://www.ibtimes.com/hundreds-dead-sharks-fins-missing-wash-iranian-shore-2631433

Iranian officials said they found hundreds of dead sharks with their fins cut off on an island in the Persian Gulf. Hossein Delshab, an environmental official at the southern port city of Bushehr, on Monday as saying some fishermen caught the sharks for their fins, which were believed to have medicinal properties. After cutting off their fins, the fishermen threw the sharks into the sea as they feared they will be fined, BBC reported. The sharks then ended up washing up on the beach. Although shark fishing was banned in Iran in 2014 over concerns the population was facing extinction, fins of the fish were cut off to be used as a treatment for sexual disorders. According to Delshab, the price for 1kg (2.2lb) of shark fin was about $2. (…) Used in a popular dish called shark fin soup, which is a symbol of status in Chinese culture, the fins were thought to have medicinal benefits and represented a victory against powerful sharks in the ancient times. The popularity of the soup and the use of shark fins did not decrease with time, thus giving fishermen more incentive to hunt for sharks and sell their fins. (…) Instead, fishermen choose to keep just the shark fins—only 1 to 5% of a shark’s weight—and throw the rest of the shark away rather than have the less valuable parts take up space on the boat.