SankeiNews: Shark Fin Processing in Kesennuma, Japan

This short video clip was uploaded by ‘SankeiNews’ on 20. January 2016.

It shows the production process of dried shark fins at a fish processing company in Kesennuma, located in Miyagi Prefecture (Honshu island, Japan). The fins (mostly caudal fins from blue sharks) had been drying in the sun since early November.

The city of Kesennuma heavily relies on commercial fishing. Presently, fishing and associated industries account for 85% of jobs in the town. In 2011, large sections of Kesennuma were destroyed by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The region has still not fully recovered from this disaster.


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