A large shipment of shark fins – containing more than 1000 of them – have been seized at Velana International Airport.
Maldives Customs Service has confirmed the failed exportation attempt to Sun earlier. The shark fins were found and seized by the Aviation Security Command
A video that had gone viral on social media this evening, shows a large number of shark fins are being emptied out of boxes into other boxes.
The top part of the boxes containing the shark fins was covered using salt fish – in order to conceal the black bag beneath it – containing the shark fins.
Customs has not disclosed any additional information regarding the matter.
Earlier this year, on January 3, Customs had seized a large number of shark fins concealed in a shipment declared as salt fish. The shark fins weighed 429 kilos and were packed in 21 cardboard boxes.
Two suspects have been pressed three charges in connection to the case – for smuggling, providing deceptive practices, and unsworn falsification to authorities.
Maldives banned shark fishing and the export of shark fins in 2010.