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a poacher swims for the surface carrying a sack of live abalone off the Western Cape coast in South Africa © Shaun Swingler

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a poacher swims for the surface carrying a sack of live abalone off the Western Cape coast in South Africa © Shaun Swingler

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standing up to poachers and wildlife smugglers

Hard drugs, ruthless local gangs, and international crime syndicates are at the heart of a poaching crisis in South Africa. The prize? A slow-growing marine mollusc.

Abalone poaching is turning the coastline into a graveyard of empty shells and sucking already-desperate fishing communities into a violent underground economy. You can help us expose wildlife crimes like this, and protect people and wildlife from ruthless criminal syndicates.

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beneath the surface

exposing the illegal abalone trade