November 19, 2018

Portland Aquarium owner facing charges

PORTLAND – The new Portland Aquarium is drawing thousands of visitors, but just as business is taking off, one of the owners is facing federal charges.

The aquarium’s owner also owns the Idaho Aquarium in Boise. Investigators said he and a co-worker illegally purchased marine life in Florida then had it shipped to Idaho without permit.

Co-owner Ammon Covino was arrested Thursday in Boise.

Meanwhile, the director of the Portland Aquarium said every animal there was purchased through legitimate dealers and with proper permits.

None of the Lemon Sharks or Spotted Rays purchased illegally in Florida was shipped to Portland. Court documents, however, suggest