South African sea snails under threat from surge in poaching – report

FILE PHOTO: A bag of dried abalone confiscated from suspected poachers is seen in Cape Town March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Poverty and crime in South Africa are driving a surge in the illegal harvesting off its shores of the abalone, a large sea snail coveted as a delicacy in some parts of Asia, a report said on Tuesday. The report, by TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, found that the region’s abalone […]

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