One of the largest-ever seizures of live rock corals in the UK has been made at Manchester Airport after it was illegally imported into the country. Three-quarters of a ton of the endangered species and rare clams were discovered in air freight that had arrived on a flight from Singapore. The cargo came from Vietnam and had flown more than 6,000 miles before UK Border Force seized the consignment.
Protected under the Cites, more than 650 species of live hard corals and around 60 live clams, measuring up to 20cm, were found in boxes labelled ‘marine fish and soft corals’.
None of the items were declared to customs chiefs and they have now been confiscated because they did not have the correct documentation.
It’s expected that these animals are now on their way to a public aquarium, those that survive their handling.