Billions of dollars’ worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe as baby glass eels and ending up on tables across Asia. Photo: AFP
Billions of dollars’ worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe as baby glass eels and ending up on tables across Asia. Photo: AFP

‘One of world’s biggest wildlife crimes’: glass eel smuggling and how Hong Kong supermarkets commonly sell endangered European eels

  • Almost half of retail eel products in Hong Kong supermarkets and convenience stores contain endangered European eels, study finds
  • More than 300 million glass eels are trafficked from Europe to Asia each year, estimates say, with 1kg fetching at least US$6,450 on the black market

Billions of dollars’ worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe as baby glass eels and ending up on tables across Asia. Photo: AFP
Billions of dollars’ worth of critically endangered eels are being trafficked each year from Europe as baby glass eels and ending up on tables across Asia. Photo: AFP
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