The scalloped hammerhead shark on Thursday became the first shark ever protected as a federal endangered species, with the government citing heavy fishing to serve the Asian demand for shark fin soup. The decision came in response to a petition from WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals.

Although the species is found off Florida, the endangered species protection excludes them and those found in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Marine Fisheries Service said current restrictions already offer this population considerable protection.