'Largest Ever' Carp Seizure
During the early
hours of Friday, 26 February 2010, UK Border Agency officers at the Port
of Dover, working in conjunction with the government's Fish Health
Inspectorate (FHI), intercepted the largest ever consignment of live carp
120 fish, weighing between 25 and 50lbs, were discovered in four
pallet-sized containers supported by oxygen cylinders in the rear of a
Volvo FH12 lorry.
The FHI, based at Cefas, advises that it is illegal to import live
coldwater fish unless from an EU "approved" zone and accompanied
by a movement document issued by an authorised veterinary inspector.
The fish were confiscated and, in line with FHI/Defra policy, were
subsequently destroyed to ensure that no disease is spread from their
possible introduction into UK
The driver of the lorry, a 49-year-old man from Horsham,
, has been reported with a view to prosecution and enquiries are
continuing to identify others involved.
Stuart Katon, the FHI's Enforcement and Investigations Officer, said:
"We are stepping up our 'intelligence led' fight against illegal
importations and working closely with other agencies to target organised
"This is an excellent result but we still need everyone in the
angling community to remain vigilant and to report any information
regarding this type of illegal activity to us in order that we can
continue to be proactive in the future."