Listen Now: Eels On A Plane
You might’ve heard of snakes on a plane… but how about baby eels?
Two Chinese nationals are facing ten months in prison and a hefty fine for packing a few extra souvenirs. The 20-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man were stopped at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris with one hundred and thirty pounds of live baby eels in their luggage. Called glass eels because of their transparent bodies they can fetch around fifty-six hundred dollars per kilo in China.
So the haul the two people were trying to take back to China would have brought in about three hundred thousand dollars. European eels have taken a hit in recent years because of overfishing, pollution and river dams blocking their regular migration routes.
Experts say about half the eels caught in Europe are exported to China, Japan and South Korea to be grown in fish farms and then sold. The eels found on the plane were being transported inside plastic bags with water and then wrapped in thermal insulation. Not so smart when airlines will take a second look at any bags over fifty pounds.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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