Massive illegal export of fry has brought the European eel close to extinction. With black market prices currently reaching 1500 Euros per kilogram the illegal fish trade produces profits comparable to drug trafficking. An international organised network’s at the centre of the trade transferring fry from the European coast to Asia. Our team of investigative journalists took the risk to expose this illegal route.
The documentary film "The Eel Cartel", a co-operation between Follow the Money and Labo M, identifies the main international actors and the mechanics behind this lucrative trade in live animals, in order to unmask this widespread criminal practice.