Illegal Crab Poaching in Russia and Alaska

Security and intelligence officials in Russia estimate that over $700 Million worth of crab is illegally fished and poached from its waters each year. Most of the boats that poach crab from Russian waters are registered in Cambodia or Sierra Leone with its crew being from Russia. Most of the illegally caught crab is transported… Continue reading Illegal Crab Poaching in Russia and Alaska

Amount of Illegal Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Caught in 2013

Environmental authorities seized at least 186 tonnes of illegally fished bluefin tuna from the Atlantic in Italy, Spain and Tunisia in 2013, according to statistics released by the Pew Charitable Trust and MedReAct.org. Fishing boats from Italy accounted for 130 tonnes of the illegally fished tuna. In an example of the type of smuggling that… Continue reading Amount of Illegal Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Caught in 2013

Pakistan Losses to Tuna Fish Smuggling

The seafood and fishing industry in Pakistan loses at least $50 Million a year to tuna fish smuggling, according to the WWF-Pakistan. Nearly 200 tons of tuna is illegally smuggled into Iran each day through the Gwadar port of Balochistan. Yellow fin tun is sold in Pakistan for up to $2 per kilogram. (See more… Continue reading Pakistan Losses to Tuna Fish Smuggling

Cocaine Seizures in Costa Rica in First Quarter 2014

Security agencies in Costa Rica reported seizing about 4.8 metric tons of cocaine along the countries Pacific Coast during the first 4 months of 2014. In all of 2013, security forces seized 18 metric tons of cocaine along the Pacific coast. (Additional facts about cocaine.) In addition to cocaine trafficking, the Public Security Ministry is… Continue reading Cocaine Seizures in Costa Rica in First Quarter 2014

Number of Marine Turtles Caught Each Year

Over 42,000 marine turtles are estimated to be legally caught each year around the world. Nearly three quarters of those turtles are caught in the waters of Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, and Australia, according to a study conducted by wildlife charity Blue Ventures Conservations and the Univetsity of Exeter. 80 percent of the turtles that… Continue reading Number of Marine Turtles Caught Each Year

Unreported Fishing Catches by Chinese Boats in Africa

Between 2001 and 2011, Chinese fishing boats caught an estimated 3.1 million tonnes of fish off the coast of Africa. 80 percent of the catch was unreported and fell under the illegal fishing framework. The catch from Africa makes up most of the 4.6 million tons of fish that were caught by Chinese vessels between… Continue reading Unreported Fishing Catches by Chinese Boats in Africa

Illegal Anchovy Fishing in Peru

The head of the National Fisheries Society in Peru stated that up to one million tonnes of anchovy is illegally caught in the country each year. There are up to six million tonnes of anchovy that is caught in Peru each year, with one million being illegally fished. The fishing industry is the second largest… Continue reading Illegal Anchovy Fishing in Peru

Cases of Illegal Fishing in South Korea in 10 Years

From 2003 to 2013, there have been 4,605 cases of illegal fishing taking place within the waters of South Korea by Chinese boats. Out of the total number of illegal fishing cases, 3,228 cases were in violation by Chinese boats of fishing agreements made between the two countries. Since 2004, there have been 1,062 boats… Continue reading Cases of Illegal Fishing in South Korea in 10 Years