South African seafood leads to conspiracy charges for five
By BENJAMIN WEISER
The New York Times
7th August 2003
That seafood dinner you enjoyed recently may have been fished illegally.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced yesterday that they had charged five men with conspiring to illegally harvest large amounts of seafood in South Africa and ship it to the United States for sale in New York and other cities.
The allegations include the underreporting of catches to the South African authorities, the falsifying of documents and the nighttime unloading of vessels in South Africa to avoid inspections, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.