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This budget is now available at TribuneNewsService.com , with direct links to stories and art. See details at the end of the budget. ^War on sharks: How rogue fishing fleets plunder the ocean’s top predator< An Ecuadorean navy patrol vessel, guided by advanced radar and a small plane, bore down on a ship the length of a football field making a beeline across the Galapagos Marine Reserve — probably the most fiercely protected waters in the world. Filling the freighter’s freezers: 150 tons of dead sharks, most of them endangered and illegal to sell. Only small pieces off those 6,000 carcasses were actually of much value. The fins. Shark fins are a delicacy in China. At peak, dried fins have sold for more per pound than heroin. That price, coupled with high demand from a booming Chinese economy, has created a brutally efficient industry capable of strip-mining sharks from the sea. Biologists fear relentless overfishing could spiral populations of the most sought-after species into irreversible collapse and take the entire marine food chain down with them. STATES-UNIONS:SH — Public-sector unions will be watching to see how many members — and how much money — they’ll lose in the wake […]

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