Dismantlement of an international organization devoted to the illegal trade in elvers/ baby eels
Ministerio Del Interior
Dirrección General De La Guardia Civil
The operation, coordinated by EUROPOL and EUROJUST, has led to joint actions in Spain and Greece resulting in 17 people being arrested (8 in Spain and 9 in Greece)
Judicial investigation was conducted by Court No 3 of Tortosa, under the direction of the Public Prosecution Office for Environmental Issues of Tarragona, and with the active participation of CITES Authority in Spain.
According to our estimations, every fishing season over 7 tons of elvers would have been illegally exported to China. The profits derived thereof would have amounted to 7 million Euros a year