A seafood dealer in New York is in deep water after illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels.
Also called elvers, the tiny eels are sold to Asian companies — sometimes at as much as $2,000 per pound — so that they can raise the eels to sell as a food delicacy.
The eels are legal to harvest in Maine and South Carolina — with tight restrictions guiding the practice. Zhou reportedly had a Maine dealer license that helped to cover-up his malfeasance.
Attorneys for the man declined to comment.