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    USFWS Seizes 326 Seahorses For Improper Paperwork

    Australian news outlets are reporting that a man’s shipment of live Seahorses which originated from Australia and destined for a Florida wholesaler have been confiscated by US Fish and Wildlife Service, after an Australian customs agent failed to include the number of seahorses being shipped. In total, 326 seahorses worth an estimated $3,600 USD are […]

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    Australian news outlets are reporting that a man’s shipment of live Seahorses which originated from Australia and destined for a Florida wholesaler have been confiscated by US Fish and Wildlife Service, after an Australian customs agent failed to include the number of seahorses being shipped. In total, 326 seahorses worth an estimated $3,600 USD are being held.

    “The US requires us to have our shipment validated by customs, which we did, but there was a minor error from a customs official. He neglected to record the number of seahorses in the shipment,” Mr Hawkins said. “As soon as we found out there was a problem, he then tried to correct it. I understand he was ignored at the US end.”

    We’re not taking sides on this one, ultimately USFW is doing their job and Mr. Hawkins rightfully wants these seahorses to get to the wholesaler–we just hope they are well cared for while in this holding period.

    [examiner, flickr:nathan]

    4 Comments

    1. anthonyn
      May 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

      Red Tape eh?

      They gonna auction them off the seized goods? =)
      or return to sender?

    2. btaylor66
      May 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

      It would be very unfortunate for the Seahorses to die because of bureaucracy. This seems to be a lose-lose scenario…
      you ship them back – they possibly die
      you keep them in a hold cage – they die
      you give them to the wholesaler – it defeats the purpose of customs

    3. Austin
      May 26, 2010 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

      Although USFW was doing their “job”, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least that they ignored Mr. Hawkins.

      Hopefully this ends up better than the vast majority of the Clipperton Angelfish in that fiasco, but doubtful.

    4. Austin
      May 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

      Although USFW was doing their “job”, it wouldn't surprise me in the least that they ignored Mr. Hawkins.

      Hopefully this ends up better than the vast majority of the Clipperton Angelfish in that fiasco, but doubtful.

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