Due to illegal fishing, up to $1.6 Billion of seafood enters the markets of Europe illegally each year.
The WWF believes that as much as 50 percent of the seafood sold in Europe is the product of illegal fishing.
Illegal fishing activities has led to catches in the Caspian Sea to drop by 90 percent from historic highs.
In the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened 750 investigations into illegal fishing activities during the 2006 fiscal year in the Northeast region alone, an increase of 108 percent from 5 years ago.
The Independent reported that ” EU countries imported 591 tonnes of caviar in 2006, but seizures of illegal caviar between 2000 and 2005 totaled just 12 tonnes.”
The percentage decline of hammerhead sharks in the Atlantic Ocean between 1970 to 2005 due to poaching.
Black market value of the illegal trade in caviar worldwide.
Value of seafood for sale in the European Union that was illegally caught.