Corruption and wildlife crimea focus on caviar trade

Published 14 February 2019


Rotten to the core: tackling the corruption at the heart of the illegal caviar trade

Cambridge, UK, February 2019—With caviar trafficking driving endangered sturgeon and paddlefish species towards extinction, a collaborative study released today highlights the role of corruption in facilitating the illegal trade and recommends how corruption at the heart of wildlife crime across the globe can be addressed.

Corruption and wildlife crime: A focus on caviar trade

Report author(s):
Louisa Musing, Lindsey Harris, Aled Williams, Rob Parry-Jones, Daan van Uhm, Tanya Wyatt

Publication date:
February 2019


TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development whose mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. More information at


WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. 

About U4 ACRC

U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4 ACRC) works to reduce the harmful impact of corruption on society, sharing research and evidence to help international development actors get sustainable results. U4 is a permanent centre at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway. CMI is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research institute with social scientists specialising in development studies.