Category : Wildlife | Location : West Bengal | Posted on 2022-11-18 00:11:05
A recent study on illegal wildlife trade of sea cucumbers by TRAFFIC and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India has revealed that 101.40 tonnes, that is, 6,976 sea cucumber individuals were seized from 2010-2021. During the 12-year period, a total of 163 seizures were recorded, of which a maximum of 139 seizures were reported from Tamil Nadu, which accounts for 85% of all the sea cucumber seizures. Tamil Nadu was followed by 15 seizures in Lakshadweep, four in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, two in Karnataka, and one each in Manipur and Kerala, respectively. According to the seizure reports, Sri Lanka, China, and Southeast Asia were the top three destinations for sea cucumbers trafficked from India.