Demand in Chinese medicine for dried swim bladders of totoaba fish is driving a huge black market which can be lucrative for smugglers. Photo: AFP Demand in Chinese medicine for dried swim bladders of totoaba fish is driving a huge black market which can be lucrative for smugglers. Photo: AFP
Demand in Chinese medicine for dried swim bladders of totoaba fish is driving a huge black market which can be lucrative for smugglers. Photo: AFP

China nets 11 people for smuggling US$119 million worth of rare totoaba fish for traditional medicine market

  • Prosecutors in Guangdong say suspects shipped in nearly 20,000 swim bladders
  • Three-year operation brought contraband to China through Cambodia and Vietnam

Topic |   Conservation
Demand in Chinese medicine for dried swim bladders of totoaba fish is driving a huge black market which can be lucrative for smugglers. Photo: AFP Demand in Chinese medicine for dried swim bladders of totoaba fish is driving a huge black market which can be lucrative for smugglers. Photo: AFP
Demand in Chinese medicine for dried swim bladders of totoaba fish is driving a huge black market which can be lucrative for smugglers. Photo: AFP
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