Horrific images show thousands of dead sharks piled up on a market floor in Indonesia as workers hack off their fins.
Sharks of all sizes were photographed at the Karngsong fish auction on June 21, in Indramayu, in Indonesia's West Java Province.
The country is one of the world's largest shark catchers due to a demand for shark fins in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.
In China shark fins are regarded as a delicacy and the fins are one of the world’s most valuable fish products.
They are the main ingredient in shark fin soup, which is priced as high as £68 per bowl. The soup is a symbol of wealth, hospitality and status in China and is often consumed at special occasions such as weddings and banquets.
Huge piles of dead sharks are seen at Karngsong fish auction on June 21, 2016 in Indramayu, West Java Province, Indonesia
A man is pictured slicing off the fin of one dead shark on the floor at the Indonesian market
Sharks of all shapes and sizes were photographed at the market and many were covered in blood
The fish are caught and killed to supply the huge demand for shark fin and meat coming from countries such as China
The fin cartilage is used to provide texture and to thicken the traditional broth, with recipes for the soup dating back as far as the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
The fins are often laid out to dry before being transported across Asia and Green Peace Indonesia data shows the country produces at least 486 tons of dried shark fins a year, the Jakarta Post reports.
Despite objections from the Indonesia Government, shark catching is still rife and hard to control.
The products are exported in the form of fins, liver oil, skin, and even meat
There are concerns about shark over exploitation among Indonesia's conservation activists