A news release from Europol on 24 June said that a joint operation by European law enforcement entities has dealt yet another major blow to organised crime groups involved in global glass eel trafficking – Operation Lake VI ran from November 2021 to June 2022. 27,701 inspections were carried out all over Europe, which led to the arrest of 49 individuals and the seizure of 1,255 kg of glass eels worth about €1.9 million in total. The trafficking of glass eels is one of the most substantial and lucrative illegal trades of protected species worldwide, with illegal profits estimated to be up to €3 billion in peak years.
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