Seafood importer is fined US$40,000

Northern abalone have been listed as endangered under the ‘Species at Risk Act’. Photo: Gerick Bergsma 2010/Marine Photobank Northern abalone have been listed as endangered under the ‘Species at Risk Act’. Photo: Gerick Bergsma 2010/Marine Photobank

Former chef and owner of Kin Seafood Importing Corporation, Kai Kin Ng, has been fined US$40,000 for illegal possession of Northern abalone.

Kai Kin Ng was found guilty of illegal possession of Northern abalone which have been listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as endangered under the Species at Risk Act.

Fishery Officers from the Intelligence and Investigations Unit of Fisheries and Oceans Canada seized 960kg of abalone from Kin Seafood Importers’ business premise in Richmond in 2010. When requested by officers, the legally required documentation for the seafood could not be presented.

Samples of the abalone were sent to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Molecular Genetics Lab at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, British Colombia, for DNA analysis where five out of the seven samples were confirmed to be endangered Northern abalone.

All abalone fisheries were closed in British Columbia in 1990 due to severe conservation concerns and despite efforts to restore populations and prosecute those involved in illegal harvest and trade, Northern abalone show little sign of recovery. Illegal harvest trade remains one of the greatest threats to Northern abalone survival in the wild.

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