The local economy of Sri Lankan fishermen has flourished due to the commercialization of sea cucumbers and has become a major victim of the country. Criminal organizations that overuse cucumbers for fishing, Those species of echinoderms with soft tubular bodies are very similar to the vegetables for which they got their names, reports protector.
This unusual animal plays a vital role in the marine ecosystem.So that Their smuggling not only affected the economy of many islanders, but also destroyed their habitat.
The various species envisioned by these beings, There are approximately 1,250 species, 70 of which are protected, and 7 are in danger of extinction, enriching their value. It is in the Asian market that the most precious, precious food that is considered gourmet delicacies and used in traditional medicine, can reach 3,600 US dollars per kilogram. Even the golden sandfish can be worth as much as US$850 per unit.
This caused In the United States, the smuggling of sea cucumbers has become so much that it makes this animal one of the most needed animals.Multiply the volume of imports in the past ten years by 36.
“It’s immoral, we are stagnant because they are collecting everything in front of us”Protest against the fishermen in the area.
Most reported criminal activities benefited from different regulations between neighboring countries. Sri Lanka has issued a fishing license and allows the export of sea cucumbers, but since 2001, India has completely banned animal trade. Therefore, illegal sea cucumbers were arrested in India and smuggled to Sri Lanka, where they were legally exported to Southeast Asia. , Or export directly from India under false labels.
There are more and more cases of such animal smuggling.An example occurred in August 2020, when Three people were illegally caught nearly 1,000 kilograms of sea cucumbersEstimated by the Indian Coast Guard on the international market at US$686,800, from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka via the Gulf of Mannar.
Although the largest seizures of this type of drugs were in February last year, and they came together 1,716 sea cucumbers, worth nearly US$576,912, Hidden in the coral reefs near the uninhabited island of Suheli.
The demand for sea cucumbers has led to Fatal violence in Mexico, participation in the Yakuza criminal organization in Japan Smuggling between mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.
In the same way This problem is spreading to the underdeveloped areas of the Lakshadweep United Territory, Is an archipelago on the southwest coast of India.