Lisbon airport - 317 kg of live baby eels seized

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 22-01-2018 08:29:00 · 0 Comments
Lisbon airport - 317 kg of live baby eels seized

More than 19 hold bags containing 317 kilograms of live baby European eels a protected species that can only be caught on the river Minho in northern Portugal were seized at Lisbon airport.

The seizure was made in the customs shed and the bags belonged to eight passengers going to Vietnam who had packed the baby eels in plastic bags with water separated by cold bags.

The Portuguese finance ministry said in a communiqué that this was one of the most trafficked animals in the world as they can cost up to €1,000 a kilo.

Baby eels are eaten as a delicacy and are particularly popular in Asian markets.


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