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Mexico | 2 Chinese nationals arrested for trying to smuggle swim bladders from totoba fish

In a span of five days in late April, Mexican police arrested two men attempting to take hundreds of dried swim bladders, harvested from a critically endangered species of fish, out of the country, according to reporting by the Mexico News Daily.

On April 22, officials caught a Chinese citizen at the Mexico City International Airport with 416 swim bladders, or maws — 355 of which came from the totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), a large fish that lives only in the Gulf of California. Three days later, authorities discovered 417 totoaba maws in two suitcases of another Chinese national who was on his way to Guangzhou in southern China via Tokyo, the office of Mexico’s attorney general said in a statement.


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