According to the IUCN Red List 32,000 species are threatened with extinction – everything from birds and mammals, to reef corals and crustaceans. And that’s only the species we know about.
But although we might be working hard to help some species come back from the brink, we might also be eating some threatened species without even realising it.
Searching industrial fishing records, researchers identified almost 100 endangered species being sold as seafood, and this is done legally.
“Species that aren’t cute like whales or sea turtles often don’t end up getting the protection they deserve,” University of Queensland (UQ) biologist and first author of the new paper, Leslie Roberson told ScienceAlert.