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A ton of shark fins bound for Japan was seized in Brazil on Tuesday.

Uncovered by prosecutors from IBAMA’s Fish and Wildlife Division, the frozen shark fins had an estimated value of $17,000. You can bet that the boats responsible for catching the sharks will receive penalties. The owner of the export company was also fined $29,700 (52,000 reales).

IBAMA environmental analyst, Rita Barreto, said “careful monitoring” was necessary to “ensure that commercial fishing is not threatening shark species off the Brazilian coast, some of which are endangered.”

As for the cargo, the state body said it will all be destroyed.