New study highlights scale of illegal and unreported Humphead Wrasse trade in Hong Kong and mainland China

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More disturbing news. My hope for the Humphead wrasse lies in the diving community and the tourism industry. And people like Dr Thomas, all he represents and the people who compiled this report!

We can’t lose these fish! I’ve only seen one once underwater and it was large, looked unlikely (from an evolutionary design perspective) and was much better alive than being flash fried in a Hong Kong wok or baked in Shanghai!

These ostentatious gluttons and financial opportunists are thieves. They are stealing! A lot of people watch it happening and think they can’t do anything to stop it. Most people don’t give a hoot. There’s also a very understandable urge not to get involved and interfere. What annoys me is seeing Chinese diners mixing good French red wine with orange juice and not actually eating their humphead wrasse, just ordering it then leaving a plate of indifferent wreckage. A waste!

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From: Richard Thomas [mailto:richard.thomas@traffic.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:43 PM
To: Richard Thomas
Subject: New study highlights scale of illegal and unreported Humphead Wrasse trade in Hong Kong and mainland China

Dear media professional,

Please find attached a new report released today by TRAFFIC and IUCN regarding market surveys in Hong Kong and mainland China that have revealed the large scale of illegal and unreported trade in Humphead Wrasse despite the introduction of regulatory measures in 2005. An associated media release is below.

I trust the report will be of interest. Please contact me for images or to arrange interviews.

Best regards

Richard

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