Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Europe's appetite for Seafood propels Illegal Trade
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: January 15, 2008
Europe’s dinner tables are increasingly supplied by global fishing fleets, which are depleting the world’s oceans. Fish is now the most traded animal commodity on the planet, with about 100 million tons of wild and farmed fish sold each year. Europe has suddenly become the world’s largest market for fish, worth more than 14 billion euros, or about $22 billion a year. Europe’s appetite has grown as its native fish stocks have shrunk so that Europe now needs to import 60 percent of fish sold in the region, according to the European Union.
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