Japanese Fishing Vessel Owner Pleads Guilty to Illegal Shark Fin Trafficking
The owner of a Japanese fishing vessel charged with aiding and abetting the attempted export of shark fins out of Hawaii plead guilty on October 9, the Department of Justice announced.
Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. will pay a $126,000 fine, a forfeiture of $119,000, which represents the value of the vessel and serve three years of probation. This is the largest monetary penalty ever brought down on a federal shark finning case. The company must also retire and relinquish the fishing license in Japan previously associated with...
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