The state of Florida, which boasts some of the country’s highest shark fining rates, is one of the states with the highest arrest rates.
A total of 4,811 people were arrested in the state for shark fin fishing between February and September 2017, according to the latest Florida Department of Law Enforcement data.
The state is also one of only two in the country that doesn’t require shark fin harvesting permits, according the state’s website.
In addition to the arrests, Florida has issued more than 1,100 shark fin fines.
The most common types of shark fins caught are dorsal fin and the spiny, or barb-like, fin.
The latter is commonly used in shark fin soup.
The federal government is in the midst of a crackdown on shark fin exports, as part of the United States Anti-Shark Finning Act, which seeks to stop the illegal trade in shark fins.
While shark fin and shark fin products are illegal to buy and sell in the United Kingdom, China, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and other countries, they can be bought and sold at restaurants and grocery stores in the U.S. and overseas.
“I think the most exciting part of it is that it has been so long since there have been shark finned shark fins,” said Mark Goguen, a shark-fishing expert at Florida Atlantic University.
“It’s a little bit surprising because the last time we saw shark fin on the market was about 20 years ago.
We’ve only seen them here and there in China.”
A shark fin in a can is a common sight in the Florida Keys, where the fin can fetch as much as $15,000.
But in the past decade, shark fin sales have skyrocketed, and the industry has expanded nationwide.
According to Gogudens research, Florida was one of several states that saw an uptick in shark-finning arrests in 2017.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the state is one among the states that experienced a surge in shark fishing arrests in 2016 and 2017.
According the Florida Department, Florida shark fin has become more popular in recent years, particularly with young people who are more likely to catch sharks.
The U.K. is another state that saw shark fishing increase in recent decades.
A 2017 report by the government’s Shark Research Unit showed that shark fishing in the UK saw a surge of more than 2,500 arrests in 2015 and 2016.
In 2017, the number of arrests in England and Wales rose by more than 6,000 and by more 3,000 from 2015.
In the U, the increase was more modest, but shark fishing activity in the county of Durham rose by 3,100 arrests between 2016 and 2018.