Customs and Fisheries officials seized live corals and anemones stored at a warehouse of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that were about to be shipped to Taiwan. Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Friday said that the corals, listed under Endangered Species Act, are banned for export while the anemones require permit under the Revised Fisheries Code. Customs Collector Edgar Macabeo said that 203 live corals and 28 anemones were placed inside nine boxes that weighed about 142 kilograms and declared as “tropical fish” were awaiting to be loaded to a Cebu Pacific flight 5J310 for Taiwan when examined. Customs-NAIA police chief Reggie Tuazon said the live corals, worth about a P1 million was consigned to a certain Chen Shih ST of Sanchong District, New Taipei City and was shipped by Deep Blue Sea Aquatic Trading in Paranaque City.
BENJIE L. VERGARA