Fish Used By Drug Smugglers Find New Homes

By Francis Yupangco 8 years agoNo Comments

In 2011, nearly 16,000 tropical fish were used as drug smuggling vehicles in an
attempt to transit over 35 lbs of cocaine, with a street value of over 2 million dollars, from Colombia to the UK.  Out of the 16,000 fish that were found, only 34 fish survived. Some were looked after at London Zoo and some were transferred to  the Bristol Zoo.  Aquarium curator David Wolfenden said: “Clearly the smugglers did not care at all about the fishes’ welfare and the fact that nearly all of them perished during the smuggling operation is extremely sad.

Last week survivors including 4 large Arowanas , 8 Pacus and a large catfish, were transported to Blue Planet Aquarium, near Ellesmere Port, UK. The aquarium hopes to use the fish to promote the Big Fish Campaign – an initiative to try and raise awareness of the problems caused by the sale of fast-growing exotic fish species. MORE

  Conservation, Fish

 Francis Yupangco

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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