Dried swim bladders of totoaba fish (distinguished by two long tentacles), which despite an international ban on trade are still available at a traditional medicine shop in Guangzhou, China. Photo: AFP

China black market demand for ‘cocaine of the sea’ pushes two marine species closer to extinction in Mexico

The lucrative black market for totoaba swim bladders - prized in Chinese traditional medicine - have turned the Gulf of California into a battleground 

Topic |   Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

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Dried swim bladders of totoaba fish (distinguished by two long tentacles), which despite an international ban on trade are still available at a traditional medicine shop in Guangzhou, China. Photo: AFP
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