[7 August/ CNBC]

Law enforcement authorities have launched a crackdown on unlicensed eel fishermen and illicit sales along America’s East Coast. Baby eels are a valuable fishery and can fetch over USD2,000 per pound. Licensed US fishermen complain poaching has become widespread, as prices have climbed in recent years. The US Department of Justice, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies are investigating clandestine harvesting and sales. For example, Operation Broken Glass has resulted in 15 guilty pleas for illegal trafficking of USD4 million worth of baby eels. Two people are under indictment, and more indictments are expected.