So I went deep sea fishing and we caught a good-size shark, a 100+ lb. hammerhead. After filleting the beast (LOTS of good meat!) the fish cutter was about to throw the head and frame into the water, including the fins, so I asked for them. After a bit of 'negotiation' and a 'tip' that he requested because cutting off the fins is apparently hard on his knives, I got them. Now I don't know what to do with them.
So no, these are not ethically challenged shark fins, and I figure I can make soup or whatever with a clear conscience - if I knew how. Anybody? After looking online, it seems that most people buy the fins already prepared in some way - skinned and dried, processed who knows how. These are just fresh fins, with the skin still on them, just hanging out in my freezer awaiting further instructions. Whatever intel you can give me will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!