A customs officer (R) stands guard next to seized elephant ivory tusks during a press conference at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound in Hong Kong on July 6, 2017, the city's largest seizure of ivory tusks in the last thirty years. Hong Kong Customs have seized 7.2 tonnes of ivory tusks with an estimated market value of HK$72 million (9.2 million usd) in the city's largest bust in three decades. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hong Kong customs officials have announced their largest-ever seizure of ivory, a haul of “about 7,200 kilograms,” or 16,000 pounds. The shipment was hidden in a container labeled as fresh fish, but instead contained more than $9 million worth of ivory hidden under the seafood, the Hong Kong government reported. 
According to the Elephant Trade Information System, this would be the largest shipment seized. although the amount still needs to be confirmed by outside monitors. The second largest seizure weighed 7.1 tonnes (about 15,653 pounds), and was intercepted in Singapore in 2002. The two ports are both major hubs for wildlife products. The current seizure is 1.5 times more than the total illicit ivory taken by authorities in the past 3.5 years combined, the South China Morning Post notes.
This amount of ivory corresponds to about 800 dead African elephants; Roughly 100 of these majestic animals are killed every day for their ivory, or about …