Illegal fishing in the seas of the Natuna Islands of Indonesia creates losses of up to $3.3 Billion (30 Trillion Indonesian Rupees) a year, according to the Fishery and Marine Ministry.
Half of the global supply of heavy rare earth minerals are produced and distributed from illegal mining operations in Southern China. The minerals are used in a wide range of technology products such as the iPhone and Flat Screen televisions.
In 2009, there were 726 cases of black market wildlife trafficking and poaching reported in South Korea.
According to press reports, in 2010 the United Nations’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) had an annual budget of $5.2 Million.
From the start of the Kimberly Process in 2002, the estimated rate of illicit diamonds smuggled onto the world’s market has dropped from 15 percent to less than 1 percent in 2010.
Although illegal to purchase, owls in India are available on the black market for $250, with the nails and feathers for sale for $20. According to the World Wildlife Fund, owls are used for black magic rituals. In addition, many are kept as pets due to the popularity of the Harry Potter series.
Up to $1.24 Billion in illicit gold and other precious minerals is trafficked out of the Democratic Republic of Congo each year.
Up to $20 Million of elephant ivory is seized from wildlife trafficking activities around the world each year.
In 2009, Yemen’s fishing industry lost an estimated $150 Million due to illegal fishing activities by Somali Pirates.
Wildlife trafficking of tigers lead to an estimated 1,069 to 1,220 tiger killings to supply the black market demand in tiger parts between 2000 and 2010.