Croatia: arrests for fishing, trading of protected species

Croatians, Italians 'earned 150,000 euros from illegal market'

19 July, 18:13

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, JULY 19 - A reported 10 people, including Croatian and Italian citizens, were arrested on Tuesday in Dalmatia for illegally fishing and selling protected marine species. The arrests were carried out in the morning in several areas of Dalmatia following an investigation carried out by special prosecutors to fight organized crime.

    According to press reports, the Croatians were tasked with fishing sea cucumbers, sea urchins and bivalve molluscs, while the Italian suspects packaged, preserved and sold the protected species on the illegal market at a high price.

    No further details were provided by police on the identity of the people involved. All the products were reserved for the Italian market, investigative sources said. Those arrested allegedly earned some 150,000 euros from this activity. They will be charged with criminal association and violation of the code on the protection of the environment, investigative sources said.(ANSAmed).

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