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Missing...Geoduck!!! A Look At Local Wildlife Smuggling

Steve Scher
04/15/2010 at 10:00 a.m.

Trafficking wildlife is a strong international enterprise. Yes, elephant tusks and furs, but that's not all! Smugglers are just as interested in stealing plants and fish to sell on the black market. It's happening locally. Our treasured giant clam — the goeduck — is big business. Night–vision goggles, hit men, illegal buys and sting operations... all in our own backyard. Captain Ed Volz is the head of the special operations unit for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He's also the main character in the book "Shell Games" by local environmental journalist, Craig Welch. They join us for a look at local wildlife smuggling.

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Craig Welch is the chief environmental writer for the Seattle Times. He's been published in Smithsonian magazine, the Washington Post and Newsweek. He's won dozens of journalism awards and was names the Society of Environmental Journalists' Outstanding Beat Reporter of the Year. In 2007, he completed a fellowship at the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Captain Ed Volz is the head of the special operations unit for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He is the main character in Craig Welch's book "Shell Games."

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