Boat owner and crew charged with shark fin smuggling

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Charges have been filed against the crew and owner of a Japanese fishing vessel accused of shark fin smuggling.
     
According to federal prosecutors, over the course of a year, the vessel harvested more than 900 fins from some 300 sharks including threatened species like the oceanic white tip.
     
The operation was uncovered after the fins were found in some crew member’s luggage as they tried to fly from Honolulu to Indonesia.

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