Hundreds of illegally caught aquarium fish were seized from a house in Phuket, Thailand. The owner of the house hired local fishermen to catch the fish with cyanide in coral reefs around the islands of Ko Racha and Ko Khai. Two hundred corals, 400 tropical fish and other animals were found in tanks throughout the house, some sick with cyanide poisoning. The animals included butterflyfish, wrasses, parrotfish, damselfish, angelfish and giant clams. The owner of the house told police he was going to send the animals to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to sell to collectors. He has been charged with possession of protected species without permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The animals were confiscated and kept at the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in Cape Panwa. These types of catches have been uncovered in the area many times, but arrests are hardly ever made because sufficient evidence is needed to obtain a search warrant from the courts. (Khamlo, A. “Phuket police bust fish poaching ring.” Phuketgazetta.net.)