Arowana Smuggler Released in Australia After Serving 50 Days Jail

The Singaporean faced up to 10 years in jail for smuggling.

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The Asian arowana. Photo by John Virata
The Asian arowana. Photo by John Virata
John Virata

A man from Singapore who was caught trying to smuggle 176 Asian Arowana into Australia has pleaded guilty to importing a disease or pest for commercial advantage and was released on bail. He spent 50 days in jail.

A man from Singapore tried to smuggle Arowana fish like this one into Australia.

Kuok Weai Alex Chang, 45, was stopped at Adelaide airport in February with the Arowana hidden in two bags as he attempted to enter the country. The fish  ranged in size from 7 to 20 centimeters in length, with many dead on arrival. Most of the fish, which had a market value of $235,000, had also been microchipped, which is a common practice in Singapore and other Asian countries but not in Australia.

Chang faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail but was granted bail on a two-year, $1,000 good behavior bond.

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