DEMAND FOR SEA CUCUMBERS TURNS INDIA-SRI LANKA WATERS INTO TRAFFICKING HOTSPOT

On 7 February, Mongabay reported that, between 2015 to 2020, authorities in Sri Lanka and India seized nearly 65 metric tons of sea cucumbers worth more than $2.8 million and arrested 502 people in connection with the attempted trafficking.  Sea cucumber fishery is banned in India and restricted under a licensing system in Sri Lanka, but growing demand for the animals in East Asia has turned the waters between these South Asian countries into a hotspot for the illegal trade.  The legal trade in Sri Lanka means Indian fishers can smuggle their catches into the country and launder them into the legal market for export – but from 21 species of sea cucumber deemed commercially viable for fishing in 2008, there were only 9 by 2015.

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/02/demand-for-sea-cucumbers-turns-india-sri-lanka-waters-into-trafficking-hotspot/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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