A former business partner at the Austin Aquarium was sentenced this week in Florida to a year and a day in prison for breaking a federal wildlife law, but his brother, who owns the Austin exhibits, said its doors will still open Dec. 22 as planned.
Ammon Covino, president of Idaho Aquarium in Boise and co-founder of Portland Aquarium in Oregon, was convicted in federal court in Key West of illegally shipping three spotted eagle rays and two lemon sharks from Florida. Covino, who will serve two years’ probation after his prison term, can never again work in a wildlife exhibit, and he is barred from purchasing or selling animals.
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