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Fishermen eying sharks as commercial enterprise

Date Posted: 2006-11-25

Sharks have traditionally enemy of fishermen, attacking schools of fish and disrupting operations.

Kunigami Fishermen’s Cooperative in Hentona Fishing Port thinks its time to catch sharks too, and make money in the process. The cooperative thinks shark skin and shark meat can be commercially exploited as a new source of income. Sharks have been destroying larger numbers of fishing grounds in recent years, with bull sharks being the principal culprit.

The bull shark is a species most dangerous to humans, leading fishing officials to approach the proposed project with caution. A shark captured and killed last week is now being dissected and used as a training tool for fishermen. A former aquarium worker, Satoshi Adachi, has been teaching fishermen about shark internal organs and functions. He calls the training “a good experience” for the fishermen.

One fisherman who took the class says he “wants to keep our income up by commercializing shark as processed food.”

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