The Eel Black Market

For dozens of fishermen in Maine, Unagi, the Japanese for eel, has become their own little lottery ticket. Due to the endangerment of eels in both Europe and Asia, countries such as Japan who are constantly cooking with eels have turned to U.S. fishermen for imports, making it one of the most profitable catches. However, the price to pay has become much greater for many of these fishermen, as the illegal trafficking of wildlife can lead to severe charges and jail time. The following article provided by National Geographic covers this multi-million dollar smuggling issue in greater detail: