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Dried abalone being weighed in a Hong Kong market © Wilson Lau / TRAFFIC

South African abalone South African dried abalone consumption and trade in Hong Kong

Dried abalone being weighed in a Hong Kong market © Wilson Lau / TRAFFIC

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Published 8th February 2018

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Poached Abalone from South Africa is Flowing into Hong Kong Markets

Hong Kong, 9 February 2018—A new TRAFFIC report reveals a thriving trade in poached South African abalone Haliotis midae in Hong Kong, where the marine mollusc is considered a delicacy in Cantonese cuisine. Over the last 20 years, the illegal harvest of abalone in South Africa has exceeded the legal quotas, with criminal networks poaching and smuggling wild abalone to Hong Kong, which imports about 90% of all dried South African abalone.

An assessment of South African dried abalone consumption and trade in Hong Kong

Report author(s):
Wilson Lau

Publication date:
February 2018


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