MANILA, Philippines - About P2 million worth of eel fingerlings or elvers have been seized by the Bureau of Customs at the Export Division of PairCargo warehouse in Pasay City.
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said that around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Customs personnel were examining export products when they spotted a suspicious box that contained 6 plastic bags with small eel fry.
The box was among 13 boxes with "Tropical Fish" markings.
As per the Department of Agriculture (DA), exportation of eels is banned under Fisheries Administrative Order 242.
Biazon said the packages were bound for Kaoshiung, China via China Airlines flight CI712.
An investigation now is ongoing, particularly on a certain Walter Lator, whose signature was affixed as cargo agent of the packages.
Authorities will also investigate the forwarder, Skyfreight Sam Sealand Express.
They will also invite a representative from China Airlines in the investigation.
The elvers came from Cagayan Valley, according to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources official Ben Curativo.
"Walang pagbabawal sa paghango, pero di ito puwedeng ilabas at baka maubos ito," he said.
The confiscated elvers have been brought to Batangas.