Poverty and crime in South Africa are driving a surge in the illegal harvesting off its shores of the Abalone, a large sea snail coveted as a delicacy in some parts of Asia.
A report, by traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring network, found that the region’s Abalone population is on the verge of collapse, with an estimated 96 million Abalone illegally harvested between 2000 and 2016. Only around a third of the Abalone taken from southern African waters is legal, the report said.
Most affected the once-Abalone rich Atlantic waters off South Africa’s Western Cape Province, where chronic poverty and joblessness drive mostly young men to risk shark attack and take the dive in search of the snail. In 2016 alone, the value of the illegal Abalone trade was estimated at 57 million dollars. About 90 percent of South Africa’s Abalone is destined for upscale restaurants in Hong Kong. order prednisone online. viagra shipped overnight delivery. buy Female Cialis, order clomid suhagra 100 rx canada. .