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Recently I went through more of the photos I took last autumn in one of Japan’s largest tuna markets. This market is also a broker of shark fins. Shark finning is the single greatest threat to shark populations all around the world. Fins reach high prices for the controversial delicacy, shark fin soup. Larger sharks that are often caught for fins don't reach reproductive age until they are 5-15 years old (depending on the species). At the rate they are being wiped out, it is very difficult for these populations to stay healthy.  Sharks play a vital role in balancing...

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conservation, shark finning, sharks -

During my recent stay in Japan, I visited one of the largest tuna markets in the country. This market not only brokered tuna, it was also a hub for shark finning, fueled by the demand for fins in other Asian countries. Most mornings I visited, there were headless, finless carcasses of what looked to be thresher sharks amidst tuna and billfish that were being auctioned off. On a few of the days, huge amounts of headless blue shark carcasses would be lined up and some of the market men would come to fin them one by one, loading up a...

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