Who is Gilbert Khoo? Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, family, Smuggled rare Glass Eels, Charges and Arrested, Investigation report

Gilbert Khoo wiki – Biography

Gilbert Khoo, transported the rare glass eels, hidden underneath chilled fish, from 2015 to 2017 before he was nabbed at Heathrow Airport, the BBC reported. Khoo had imported the eels from other European Union countries and kept them in a barn before shipping them, according to the British news outlet. It was the first seizure of its kind in the UK, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Gilbert Khoo Age

He is 67 years old.

Smuggled rare Glass Eels and Charges

Each sentence was suspended for two years.

He was also found guilty of three counts of failure to notify movement of animals.

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The prosecution said the crimes involved 16 consignments with an estimated retail value of £53,265,000 in the illegal market for them in Asia.

The salesman, the judge said, had “a significant environmental impact upon the European glass eel,” which has a 30-year life cycle.

The eels could become extinct unless the threat against them is closely controlled, the court heard.

  • Glass eels refers to an intermediary stage in the eel’s life history, between the leptocephalus stage and the juvenile (elver) stage
  • The adult European eel can grow up more than 1m long
  • They are nocturnal creatures
  • Glass eels are often illegally smuggled to Asia, where they are farmed and sold as a delicacy
  • In the UK, glass eels can only be caught by licensed fishermen
  • The current price for eels bought and sold legitimately within the EU is about £150 per kilogram

Khoo kept the live eels, imported from countries within the European Union, in a barn in Gloucestershire, before repackaging them to be exported.

Arrested

Eels can be real moneymakers.

A British seafood salesman received a two-year suspended sentence for smuggling $68 million of endangered live eels out of England to ship to Hong Kong.

Investigation Report

The judge in the case also ordered Khoo to perform 240 hours of community service.

The salesman, the judge said, had “a significant environmental impact upon the European glass eel,” which has a 30-year life cycle.

The eels could become extinct unless the threat against them is closely controlled, the court heard.

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