Bulgarian customs seize 2 million baby eels

2015-01-23 13:31

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Sofia - Bulgarian customs officials said on Friday that had seized two million endangered European baby eels stashed in containers.

Two alleged Chinese traffickers were detained at Sofia airport for trying to smuggle the eels in eight Styrofoam containers. They were travelling from Madrid to Sofia and declared the eels as food items, officials said.

The European eel is classified as a critically threatened species of fish protected by the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

Trading in the species without a permit is forbidden worldwide. Eels sell at €500 per kg in Europe but they can fetch up to €1300 a kg in some Asian countries, customs officials said.

Officials said the baby eels were transported to the rescue centre at the public aquarium in the Black Sea city of Varna.

Read more on:    china  |  bulgaria  |  marine life

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