Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/06/27

An appetite for dried seahorse in China could spell the marine animal’s demise

Two seahorses in the palm of a hand Piles of writhing sea life cover a narrow wedge of golden sand at the southern tip of Djiffer, a compact but bustling fishing town on the coast of Senegal.

In the late afternoons, colorfully painted pirogue boats arrive on its shores to add fresh hauls caught in the tropical waters off the surrounding Sine-Saloum region.

Boisterous crowds of merchants tussle to secure the prime choice of the day: barracuda, stingray, oysters, sea cucumbers, and the revered capitaine fish. The smallest and perhaps most valuable part of the catch, however, is the seahorse.

“Prices for these have gone up very quickly,” said Youssef, a local mareyeur whose role traditionally involves acting as a broker between fishermen and buyers.

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Fonte: Deutsche Welle, 26 de junho de 2019.

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