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Owner of SWC faces $1,000,000+ fine and prison time for smuggling protected species

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 12, 2011 04:05 PM
Jayson Daeninck (owner of, better known as SWC) is facing major fines and possible imprisonment for illegally importing protected coral rock, sea horses and giant clams from Indonesia.

It only takes one bad apple to tarnish our industry.

Multiple Canadian newspapers are reporting on the conviction of Winnipeg businessman Jayson Daeninck on counts of importing protected species without proper permits.  Daeninck was found guilty of 18 charges under the federal Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.  Sentencing is scheduled for early 2012.

In 2007, Canada Customs intercepted an unpermitted shipment of 20,000 pounds of scleratinia rock into British Columbia.  Officials arrested Daeninck soon thereafter and executed a search warrant at his home and business,, where they discovered evidence of more illegal importation (with clear intent to defraud) of sea horses and giant clams.

Reefkeepers may be familiar with this company under the trade name SWC - makers/importers of protein skimmers, reactors, and LED lighting systems.

Daeninck claimed he had actually ordered another type of rock (that did not harbor protected corals) for the purpose of building a fence.  However, the judge dismissed his defense as "meek and unbelievable."

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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