• Dave Harmon, PW editor

South Africa | Abalone poaching surges off coast, driven by poverty and organized crime

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - 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 said on Tuesday.

The 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.

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