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Travesty: 440 tropical fish illegally imported, culled

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 16, 2011 09:00 AM
Sorry for the double gloomy news today, but I felt this is worth reporting. 440 freshwater tropical fish were intentionally destroyed in Indonesia last week after someone tried to import them into the country without health and country of origin documentation.
Travesty: 440 tropical fish illegally imported, culled

Undocumented fish being culled using formalin in the bucket at the Husein Sastrangegara Airport.

illegalfish2.jpgWhen officials at the Husein Sastranegara Airport (Bangdung, Indonesia) x-rayed packages originating from Singapore, they discovered a trunk containing ten plastic bags with 440 ornamental fish.

All the fish were culled.  As sad as it is to witness life being put down in this seemingly unjust manner, it is deemed by the Indonesian government as a necessary evil; The Fish Quarantine Unit is commissioned to destroy all undocumented livestock due to fears of infectious diseases that could endanger local fish populations.

This is not the first time Indonesia has taken measures to insure potentially harmful fish do not enter their borders.  In 2009 alone, they destroyed 342 Japanese Koi (which had tested positive for hepatitis).  That same year, they also destroyed approximately 3,000 fish from Malaysia due to the lack of official documents.  This is the first time in 2011 the Fish Quarantine Unit has had to cull fish (and hopefully last).

via Galamedia (Indonesia)

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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