Pet Shop Fish Confiscated At Airport

Fish headed to pet shop confiscated at O’Hare

By Katie Drews

A shipment of tropical fish commonly found in pet shops was recently confiscated at O’Hare Airport for breaking the City of Chicago’s invasive species ordinance, officials said.

 During a routine customs inspection at the airport, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent discovered approximately 350 Oriental weather loaches imported from China by a fish wholesaler based in Norridge.

Weather loaches, which are dull brown fish that resemble eels with whiskers around their mouths, are illegal to possess in Chicago because the fish are considered a potential threat to the native environment if released into local waterways.  <…> more