In 2009, authorities in Vietnam seized 7 tons of elephant ivory that was smuggled into the country from Tanzania. It was the largest seizures of elephant ivory in the country’s history.
Fisherman in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai earned up to $485 (10 Million Vietnamese Dong) a week through an illegal fishing process of using electrical shocks to kill fishes.
Between 2004 and 2011, authorities in the Chinese province of Yunnan investigated 1,500 cases of wildlife smuggling, and arrested 1,107 wildlife trafficking suspects.
Wildlife traffickers were arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo for attempting to sell a baby gorilla for $40,000. The price of a gorilla on the black market is higher then the previously reported price of $8,000 in 2007.
Between 2000 and 2010, over 150 boa constrictor snakes were either stolen, surrender or seized by Customs in Queensland and New South Wales. In addition, there were incidents where Customs seized 12 Burmese pythons in two parcel boxes that were sent from Sweden, and 29 corn snakes in two parcels boxes from the United Kingdom.
Organized crime groups in Malaysia are illegally logging agarwood in order to extract gaharu oil. The oil is then sold to in the Middle East for $43 (140 Malaysian Ringgits) for 10 milliliters.
The Associated Press reported that the estimates for the economic losses from illegal fishing was as high as $23. 5 Billion in 2011, slightly higher then the previous estimate of $23 Billion.
Between 2007 and August 2011, the South Korean Coast Guard apprehended 1,887 Chinese boats that was illegally fishing in South Korean waters. The boats were fined a total of $23 Million for their illegal fishing, with each boat being fined an average of $25,183 to $50,367.
Over 1,000 trees are estimated to be illegally logged each day in the Masoala rainforest in Madagascar. Back in 2009, illegal logging activities increased by 25 percent.
Ecopetrol, Colombia’s largest petroleum company, reported losses of $11 Million due to oil theft and smuggling in 2010. An average of 369 barrels of oil was stolen from the company’s pipes every day in 2010. The amount of stolen oil increased by 95 percent from 2009.