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Significant Elver Seizure at Toronto Pearson Airport Raises Questions About International Smuggling

May 20, 2024 | International | 0 comments

A significant seizure of unauthorized elves recently occurred at Toronto Pearson International Airport, raising alarms about international smuggling activities. Officers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted approximately 109 kilograms of elvers, valued between $400,000 and $500,000.

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard praised the collaborative efforts of various government agencies in this operation. She emphasized that those involved in illegal elver fishing would face strict enforcement actions.

This seizure follows the DFO’s recent decision to suspend the elver fishery in Nova Scotia this year due to safety and conservation concerns. The swift enforcement action reflects earlier warnings that illegal elver fishing would be met with penalties under the Fisheries Act and Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations.

Investigations into the seizure are ongoing, with notable cooperation among different departments and agencies, including DFO’s Conservation & Protection Directorate and National Fisheries Intelligence Service. This operation underscores the continuing commitment to combating illegal elver fishing and protecting the ecosystem from exploitation.

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