REPORT: Mostly Legal But Not Sustainable
Air carriers play a crucial role in the LRFFT as the predominant transport mode for live seafood brought into Hong Kong. Between 2002 and 2013, they accounted forapproximately 61% of all recorded live fish imports and 50%of the high value/most threatened species. While relatively small in volume at about 13,000mt annually, the LRFFT has an estimated retail value in excess of US$ 1 billion, when averaged over the last three years.
This document presents an overview of the LRFFT along with a summary of the related environmental and social concerns. The nature of the supply chain is explored in terms of the role of its actors, with a particular focus on the transportation sector. The report concludes with a focus on opportunities for the aviation industry and its allied service providers with recommendations for consideration.