Japan's Shark Fin Capital - One Picture Says It All...

This is the picture that sparked a global outcry.

KESEN-NUMA CITY, JAPAN - Workers remove tail, dorsal, and pectoral fins from 75 tons of dead blue shark on the dock at an industrial shark finning facility in Kesen-numa City, Miyagi Prefecture, North East Japan, Tuesday, 06 July 2010. According to the most recent data available, a Kesen-numa Municipal Fisheries report, the gross tonnage of blue sharks landed in the small fishing port dropped from 9,722 tons in 2007 to 8,200 tons in 2008 - a decline of 18.6%. Only a small portion of shark fin prepared in Kesen-numa is destined for export, mostly to Hong Kong and Shanghai, where Japanese shark fin is seen as a premium brand by the new wealthy elite of China. The majority of shark fin processed in Kesen-numa is for domestic consumption as shark fin soup at Chinese restaurants and wedding banquets at expensive hotels in Japan. The practice of shark finning is harmful to the environment due to its unsustainability. This is because sharks are being removed from the ocean at a rate faster than they can reproduce, and thus repopulate their numbers. As sharks are apex predators at the top of the food chain, they are naturally predisposed to exist in smaller numbers than their prey and this, combined with their low reproductive rates, makes them naturally vulnerable to over-fishing.

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