In the midst of controversy over the shark hunt, fish processing business is protected at the same time step is apparently more prevalent and certainly very profitable.
It was recognized Ridwan (45), one of the businessmen shark fin processing home industry in the Village Gratitunon, District Grati, Pasuruan. He admitted in the month of shark fin sales turnover mecapai hundreds of millions of dollars. “In a month, turnover could reach USD 500 million,” said Ridwan talking with detiksurabaya.com in his home on Sunday (03/31/2013).
His shark fin processing business just started 3 months ago. Shark fin materials imported from eastern Indonesia, including Papua, Lombok to Kendari.
Although only started 3 months, Ridwan business thriving and growing. Aided by 45 employees who are mostly women, in a month it can treat between 50-100 tons of raw materials shark fins.
The processed products he sells to restaurants in major cities and exported to Taiwan. Selling price of shark fin that has been processed to reach Rp 3.5 million per kilo gram. “It was the most good after sorting. There are also costs only Rp 250 thousand per kilogram,” he added.
Opu, greeting familiar Ridwan not hesitate to reveal the shark fin processing. According to shark fin processing are not too difficult.
Fin material soaked overnight. Then boiled with the fire around 60 degrees for 3-5 minutes. Completed boiled, skin removed, cut open to remove the bone-thin sliced tpis on demand. After it was washed again and dried in the sun to dry.
“It is finished, sorted again before packed,” said Opu.
Admittedly, shark fin processing business is very profitable. He claimed it had never been lost. The only thing that he’s worried about is the availability of raw materials. “Do not be late for the raw materials are the challenges,” he hoped.
Mentioned that sharks are a protected animal step, Opu resignedly admitted if at any time a shark hunt completely stopped.
Menu processed shark fins sold in the usual upscale eateries. Thin slices of shark fin soup which is commonly used menu priced at Rp 1.3 million per serving.
Content of collagen present in shark fins makes it very expensive. Collagen is a substance contained therein could renewing skin cells thus slowing aging. In addition, also as natural supplements for vitality.