Harry and Meghan call for time for illegal poaching of prized shellfish that are threatened with extinction by gangs on the black market during tour of South Africa
- The duke and duchess of Sussex have vowed to combat the illegal abalone trade
- They will devote a morning learning about the poaching during a ten-day tour
- Campaigners hope that Prince Harry and Meghan help to raise awareness
The duke and duchess of Sussex vowed to fight the illegal poaching of abalone, a coveted shellfish that is threatened with extinction after being sold on the black market.
During an official tour to South Africa, Prince Harry, 34 and Meghan, 38, will shine a spotlight on prized delicacies, which can sell a plate in China for up to £ 420.
Campaigners hope that the duke and duchess, who are going on tour with their son Archie, will raise awareness of the abalone, which according to the last 20 years has the highest poaching in South Africa, according to a recent report.
The duke and duchess of Sussex vowed to fight against the illegal poaching of abalone, a coveted shellfish threatened with extinction after being sold on the black market
It is just one of the conservation missions during the ten-day African trip, planned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth, with other work focused on endangered lions, elephants and rhinos.
On the second day of their tour, which starts in South Africa, the Duke will travel with the city of Cape Town Marine Unit by boat to Seal Island, Kalk Bay, to learn about the important role they play in the fight against the poaching of abalone.
As Captain General of the Royal Marines, Prince Harry will join them as he learns how they have trained local units on one of the most important illegal wildlife trade in the country.
Prince Harry and Meghan will also travel to Angola and Malawi and pay a short working visit to Botswana between September 23 and October 2, the palace said in a statement.
During an official tour to South Africa, Prince Harry, 34 and Meghan, 38, will shine a spotlight on prized delicacies, who can sell a plate up to £ 420 in China
This suggests that it would be an opportunity for the duke and duchess to highlight & # 39; many of the causes they have been dealing with for years & # 39 ;, the statement said: & # 39; The first official tour of their royal highness as a family. & # 39;
Shared in a post on them Sussex Royal Instagram account, the duke and duchess, said they & # 39; enthusiastic & # 39; were to announce the details of their 10-day tour – before sharing a series of photos, including a moving photo of Princess Diana.
The statement added: & # 39; During a particularly important and moving journey, the Duke of Sussex gets the chance to return to Angola to visit the legacy of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, whose visit to Huambo in 1997 helped raise awareness of the threat of landmines to communities and livelihoods. & # 39;
Abalone: the most expensive shellfish in the world
The abalone, a gastropod mollusk, is generally regarded as one of the most lucrative and expensive shellfish in the world.
Nickname the & # 39; auricle & # 39; for its creepy resemblance to the human ear, it is traditionally found in warm waters near Africa, New Zealand and Mexico. But it can also be found off the coast of the UK.
The value comes from its delicious meat and beautiful shell, which is iridescent and a shocking blue hue that can be processed into jewelry.
Another reason why the scale is so expensive is because it is very difficult to catch. The shellfish camouflage themselves to the algae and hide in corners and holes, and also stick firmly to rocks.
The abalone is at high risk of extinction, and many countries limit its catch to twenty per fisherman per day.
But illegal poaching of the shellfish means that the number is falling drastically, and it is at the point of extinction.
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