French Guiana grapples with Asian craving for fish bladder

  CAYENNE, French Guiana -- For years, Asian demand for a dried fish bladder prized as a culinary delicacy -- and purported aphrodisiac -- has been a boon to French Guiana's fishing industry, but officials are racing to rein in the market over fears the species will soon be endangered. The acoupa weakfish,found along the sandy bottom of the ocean off the coast of the Caribbean territory, has long been an important catch and often features on local restaurant menus. But it is the swim bladder, an opaque organ that lets the acoupa control its buoyancy, that has fostered a thriving illegal trade, now attracting hunters from neighboring countries. Dried and ground into a...

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