Illegal fishing has long concerned wildlife officials, and nowhere more so than in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean which is home to 70 percent of the world’s white fish supply and the last large cod stock now found in the Barents Sea. Just how bad is the problem? Well according to Norwegian government figures, more than 100,000 tonnes of illegal cod were caught in the Barents Sea in 2005, and the black market for Alaska pollock has reached an estimated $70 million annually. Since most of the illegal fishing activity spawns from Russian fleets selling to China, and the cost to the legitimate fishing industry now exceeds $300 million annually, here’s hoping wildlife officials can reel in these unethical fishing parties.

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