Soldiers stand guard over seized lobster. Soldiers stand guard over seized lobster.

Tonne of illegal lobster seized in Baja California

Its black-market value was estimated at US $70,000

Army personnel seized a tonne of California spiny lobster yesterday in Ensenada, Baja California.

Soldiers carrying out an inspection of a three-tonne truck in Ejido Ajusco led to the discovery of a hidden compartment under the truck’s bed, where 32 boxes containing the illegal catch were found.

Authorities believe that the cargo’s destination was the black market where a kilogram of the lobster would sell for US $60 to $70, which would have generated illicit revenue of $70,000.

The driver of the truck was placed under arrest.

The spiny lobster fishing season in Baja California starts in mid-September and concludes in mid-February. At the end of the last season, the state fisheries agency reported that close to 700 tonnes of the crustacean had been caught.

Source: (sp),  Ensenada Online (sp)

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