- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A seafood dealer who sold endangered whale meat to a Santa Monica restaurant has been sentenced in absentia.

City News Service says Ginichi Ohira received two years’ probation on Friday.

The 54-year-old pleaded guilty in 2011 to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

He operated out of Gardena but returned to Japan several years ago.

Ohiro sold to The Hump at Santa Monica Airport. An investigation was launched after producers of the documentary “The Cove” secretly filmed meat from the federally protected sei (SAY’) whale being served at the sushi restaurant.

The restaurant closed and the owner and chefs have been sentenced to fines and probation.

Ohira was the final defendant to be sentenced.

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