The Europe Recession hit Portugal and many other countries hard. In Portugal, the economic downturn led to record unemployment levels forcing people to take whatever work was available.
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Luckily, there is a huge market for seafood in Portugal, and many saw this as an opportunity, flocking to the Tagus River to illegally poach clams to sell on the developing seafood black market.
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