Thousands of confiscated juvenile European eels (Anguilla anguilla), called glass eels as they are transparent Image courtesy of the Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) 2018

Researchers and customs officials unite to fight wildlife trafficking using eDNA

A novel, fast-acting eDNA test can help airport customs officials identify illegally trafficked European eels, which as juveniles cannot be visually distinguished from legally-traded species. Although international treaties have historically provided a framework for imposing restrictions when nations violate agreements, enforcement remains a challenge in part because many trafficked specimens go unnoticed. Where enforcement proves […]

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