Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

New Zealand Catches Man Smuggling Live Fish in Trouser Pockets

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:
New Zealand Catches Man Smuggling Live Fish in Trouser Pockets
Some fish species can be brought into New Zealand under a strict quarantine procedure, said Craig Hughes, local passenger manager of New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries. Photographer: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand will charge a man with smuggling live tropical fish into the country after he was caught trying to walk through Auckland Airport with two plastic bags of water stuffed in his trouser pockets.

Customs officials noticed the man had bulging pockets in his cargo pants with water dripping through the fabric when he arrived at the airport this week, the Ministry for Primary Industries said in a statement. The Vietnamese man was a passenger on a flight from Australia.

The man first claimed he was carrying water from the aircraft because he was thirsty, the ministry said. He then revealed the bags contained seven live fish, which he said he was bringing into New Zealand for a friend, it said.

“This appears to be a deliberate attempt to smuggle fish into the country without any consideration of the biosecurity risk involved,” Craig Hughes, the ministry’s local passenger manager, said in the statement. The fish, identified as a species of cichlid, “could have been carrying diseases or have the potential to displace native species,” he said.

Some fish species can be brought into New Zealand under a strict quarantine procedure, Hughes said. The man faces prosecution under the Biosecurity Act.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tracy Withers in Wellington at twithers@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brockett at mbrockett1@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.