Airport Casablanca: 60 kg glass eels intercepted

The glass eels were hidden in ten cases/

An attempt to smuggle was recently stopped on the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. The operation was part of the efforts of the High Commission for Waters and forests and the fight against desertification (HCEFLCD) for the control of the international trade of wild species threatened with extinction.

Using the custom was nearly 60 kg glass eels, which were packed in 10 suitcases, stopped, reports the HCEFLCD in a statement.

This species, of which the official rate sometimes exceeds 10,000 dirham per kilo since March 2009, is included in a Convention on international trade in endangered species of flora and fauna. The glass eel is banned for export without a CITES permit, issued by the High Commission, but very coveted by Asian consumers.