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Record: 897 kg of glass eels seized by the customs of Pau for 500 000 euros

It is a traffic that can be juicy, very juicy because some countries love it … The eels are the fry of European eels and are mainly consumed in Europe and Asia. Except that their fishing is extremely regulated and there the controlled people have everything wrong.

On 31 January 2019, the agents of the Pau customs brigade control two commercial vehicles on a motorway area. All that is banal except that the visit of the vans shows the presence of fishponds with small translucent fish.

The van equipped for transporting live elvers. / © French Customs
The van equipped for transporting live elvers. / © French Customs

Agents recognize elvers. Not a small catch: the value of this catch: it could represent nearly three million fry with 897 kg seized. In hard currency, it is nearly 500 000 euros.

They also discover in a backpack three wads of notes totaling more than 18 000 €.

During the check, the carriers provide a fishing declaration previously used in December, which is formally forbidden according to the Customs service.

Customs officers then contact the French Biodiversity Agency. It is formal: the glass eels are too young to have been caught during the recovery period on the fishing declaration.

The agents then weighed the beautiful seizure and quickly released the poor fry to give them a chance to become eels.

Millions of alvins ... these small translucent fish have been seized. Their fishing is highly regulated. They were released / © French Customs
Millions of alvins … these small translucent fish have been seized. Their fishing is highly regulated. They were released / © French Customs

Rodolphe Gintz, Director General of Customs, "evokes an exceptional quantity of glass eels.Customs remain vigilant and mobilized to fight against poaching in organized bands of international dimension which threatens the survival of this particularly vulnerable species."

A particularly important seizure for the services of the region because it alone is equivalent to 4 findings made in 2018 by the customs of New Aquitaine.

The release filmed by the customs services to discover here ►

897 kg of glass eels seized by the Pau customs brigade
The elvers are the fry of European eels and are mainly eaten in Europe and Asia. The value of this catch, covering 897 kg is estimated at nearly 500 000 euros and could represent nearly three million fry. – French Customs

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