Enzi did not smuggle shark fins: Customs

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

Male’, Maldives – Maldives Customs on Monday, has revealed that the shipment the authority seized after it was found to contain shark fins does not belong to Enzi.

Maldives Customs office on Sunday, seized 21 boxes filled with 429kg of shark fins at Velana International Airport (VIA) with the help of Aviation Security Command. The shipment was packed in Enzi boxes. Customs announced in a tweet on early Monday morning that though the shipment was packed in Enzi boxes, the consignee who declared the shipment to Customs is not Enzi.

Maldives banned shark fishing and the export of shark fins in 2010. 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.