With the Chinese New Year festivities starting on 16 February,  there are renewed concerns about the levels of abalone poaching in South Africa. According to a recent report by The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC), 90% of South Africa’s poached abalone is destined for Hong Kong, China. This mollusc is especially enjoyed as a seafood delicacy during the Chinese New Year celebrations. The report also indicates that abalone is often exported to other African countries before entering trading channels to China. Except for Namibia, no other African country legally exports the marine mollusc. Current levels of abalone poaching have serious implications for the sustainability of the South African fishing trade. Click here to read the original article. –Ursula Human, AgriOrbit

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