These photos were taken in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture in Japan. They show blue sharks being landed. This is a daily scene. Kesennuma is in the media today.
In response to protesters demonstrating against the sale of shark fin soup outside their stores, Muji, a retailer in Japan, has issued a statement announcing their intent to continue the sale of the soup.
Muji's gives three reasons for ignoring the protesters. They argue that (1) sharks landed at Kesennuma, where they source 70% of their fins, are landed whole and are not finned, that (2) blue sharks are not threatened with extinction, and that (3) there are no regulations for the fishing of blue sharks other than banning finning, which is not occurring at Kesennuma.
They go on to state that they are supporting the shark industry in Kesennuma because they are a local industry and to support victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
So is this sustainable? The lack of regulations does not necessarily mean that they are not needed. Muji may be following the rules, but they could do more to change them.