A Happy Valley woman has been charged with unlawfully selling dried shark fins in a Portland store.

Agnes Yu, 52, is charged with four misdemeanor counts of selling dried shark fins at Wing Ming Herbs in Southeast Portland. She pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, along with agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found the fins during an investigation that began last year.

Shark fins are often used in a traditional Chinese soup.

In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill prohibiting the possession or sale of shark fins in the state.

The Oregon State Police say an estimated 100 million sharks are killed globally each year for their fins.

Yu is scheduled to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court later this month for a trial readiness hearing.

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