429kg of shark fins seized at VIA

Customs seized 429kg of shark fins at Velana International Airport (VIA) in Male' city. | Photo via AdduLive.

Male’, Maldives — Maldives Customs has seized 21 boxes filled with 429kg of shark fins that were being shipped abroad at the Velana International Airport (VIA) in Male’ city.

Maldives Customs office tweeted to inform that today they have seized 21 boxes filled with 429kg of shark fins at VIA with the help of Aviation Security Command.

Customs informed that the shark fins were concealed in a shipment declared as salt fish and were being shipped abroad to gain profit from them. They informed that further investigations are ongoing to find the culprit behind this act.

While Maldives is widely known as the destination with world’s largest population of reef manta rays and the only destination in the world where sharks can be seen as gentle giants all year round, these animals are often caught and used as food or as a source of money by locals and some foreigners as well.