Captain pleads guilty to trying to sell shark fins

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A fishing boat captain has pleaded guilty to trying to sell shark fins to a Honolulu hotel restaurant.

Matthew Brian Case says he finned dead sharks while at sea, with the hopes of selling them to earn extra money for his crew.

Public defender Alexander Silvert says the restaurant manager refused to buy the 25 fins from Case, who discarded them in the hotel lobby. Hotel security contacted authorities.

Hawaii was the first state to make it illegal to possess, sell or distribute shark fins. Shark finning at sea is a violation of federal law.

A federal judge on Friday ordered Case to pay to a $100 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Brady says the government agreed to the sentencing deal because of Case's cooperation and contrition.

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