Published by: National Geographic on March 20, 2020
Weighing up to 400 pounds with distinctive markings behind its eyes, the humphead wrasse is an endangered reef fish. It’s considered a luxury food, especially in Hong Kong, and is a victim of illegal fishing.
“We are calling for the development of an international agreement under the United Nations’ Convention on Transnational Organised Crime, in order to ensure all countries recognise the scale and serious nature of wildlife crime and the devastating impact it is having on so many species, and prioritise it through their law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial mechanisms,”
Saving wildlife requires us to stop the industrial scale, organised, transnational wildlife crime that is shifting thousands of tonnes of contraband, worth billions of dollars, and leaving death, destruction and instability in its wake. The people behind these crimes are influenced by risk and profit, and to stop them they need to feel the long arm of the law.