Canberra - A Vietnamese man was arrested at Australia's Adelaide Airport after he allegedly tried to smuggle into the country an exotic live fish in a plastic bag around his neck.
The 34-year-old man, who arrived off a flight from Malaysia, produced the plastic bag containing the fish during a frisk search, Australian Border Force (ABF) said in a statement on Sunday.
The incident took place on Tuesday.
According to Australian law, the maximum penalty for wildlife trade offences is 10 years imprisonment with a fine of up to 210,000 dollars (150,000 US dollars) for individuals and a million dollars for corporations.
The fish, which was assessed for biosecurity risk, was found to be a Red Asian Arowana, an endangered species native to South East Asia and also considered auspicious in Chinese and other Asian cultures.