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3 Billion Podcast Series

How does a grouper from the Seychelles end up in a restaurant’s fish tank in Hong Kong? What damage is the banquet culture in Asia doing to marine species and what can be done? Three Billion is a four-part podcast series about the seafood trade in Hong Kong, China and Asia. It’s made in collaboration with chinadialogueocean and sponsored by Swire Group Charitable Trust.


Episode 1 of ‘3 Billion’ explores China’s trade in exotic marine species. How does a grouper from the Seychelles end up in a restaurant’s fish tank in Hong Kong? What damage is the banquet culture in Asia doing to marine species and what can be done?


9 August 2019

Episode 2 of ‘3 Billion’ explores whether sustainability & Chinese traditions can co-exist. Sustainability is now part of the seafood conversation in Hong Kong and China. But are these efforts enough to protect Chinese traditions and the ocean creatures it threatens?


Episode 3 of ‘3 Billion’ explores whether Asia’s marine species are protected. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES) is considered a cornerstone of international conservation.  But does it make any difference on the ground in trading hubs like Hong Kong?  


Episode 4 of ‘3 Billion’ explores whether Asia’s illegal marine trade can be stopped. Enforcing international trade agreements on endangered marine species is a challenge everywhere, and in Hong Kong, the punishment doesn’t befit the crime when it comes to trading in endangered marine species. What can we do to get control over this trade that is driving some marine species to extinction?