A man from Singapore who was caught trying to smuggle 176 Asian Arowana into Australia has pleaded guilty to importing a disease or pest for commercial advantage and was released on bail. He spent 50 days in jail.
Kuok Weai Alex Chang, 45, was stopped at Adelaide airport in February with the Arowana hidden in two bags as he attempted to enter the country. The fish ranged in size from 7 to 20 centimeters in length, with many dead on arrival. Most of the fish, which had a market value of $235,000, had also been microchipped, which is a common practice in Singapore and other Asian countries but not in Australia.
Chang faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail but was granted bail on a two-year, $1,000 good behavior bond.