October 17, 2018

Founder of Idaho Aquarium gets prison for trafficking in sharks

KEY WEST, Fla., Dec. 4 (UPI) — Ammon Covino, whose family operates three aquariums, was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally taking marine animals from a federal refuge in Florida.

Covino, 40, was barred for life from buying or selling wild animals, the Key West Citizen reported. A co-defendant, Christopher Conk, 40, was given a four-month sentence and also barred from the wildlife trade.

Covino’s family operates aquariums in Boise, Idaho; Portland, Ore.; and Austin, Texas. Covino was president of the Idaho Aquarium, organized as a non-profit corporation, and Conk its secretary when they were charged in February

Source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/12/04/Founder-of-Idaho-Aquarium-gets-prison-for-trafficking-in-sharks/UPI-50901386138420/