Thursday, January 10, 2008
Vancouver Company Convicted of Queen Conch Smuggling
A Canadian company has been fined after illegally trafficking of meat from the endangered Caribbean Queen conch. According to an article at the Environment News Service, investigators determined that in January of 2005, Pacific Marine Union unlawfully exported two shipments of Queen conch to Caribbean Conch, Inc. of Hialeah, Florida. The investigation involved law enforcement agencies in both the United States and Canada. Endangered species , like the Queen conch, are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, and protected under the laws of both countries.