Juvenile American eel. Credit: Greg Thompson / USFWS
3 Plead Guilty in Crackdown on American Eel Trafficking
November 28, 2016
Demonstrating, as Service Director Dan Ashe says, "the role U.S. citizens often play in wildlife trafficking," three more men have pleaded guilty in the illegal trade of American eels. Eels are highly valued in East Asia for human consumption. This has led to overfishing of Japanese and European eels. To protect the American eel, harvesting of juvenile American eels is prohibited in all but three states, and the Service is conducting an investigation to crack down on eel trafficking.
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