Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Robber Dealer Black Coral Stealer!!!

Friend of mine told me to take a look at the new souvenier shop opened at the STO trade center, so I popped my head in to see what was there

most of the items at the shop were made out of black coral
necklaces, ear rings, ornamental knives, staffs, etc
Black coral is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

also black coral is listed in Maldives as a marine product that is prohibited to export.



After inquiring with the sales personal at the shop, it was found that the place was run by the government in alliance with Najah of Najah art place. Apparently its the Trade Ministry which is behind the set up.

I dont know if the laws have changed yet or not. We've yet to find out whats this all about and whats going on here.


The souveniers at the shop has a tag that boasts that they are "Authentic Maldivian Products".



A shark jaw and some ormaments made out of shark teeth at the same shop.

Pink Coral, used as decoration in the shop.
What next? Shark Fin Soup available at Nasandhura?
All pictures was taken on 12th September 2006.

17 comments:

suicidal imbiciel said...

fuck u ppl who have ill respect to the laws and enviroment.
this is the reason why nothing works. ppl like who own these shops think they are above the law.

Fenfulhangi said...

well this is the government promoting / encouraging definitely not discouraguing rape of our oceans n reefs...

transitions said...

and fuckers like nick careem who dont know shit abt this country preach how gayoom is "the father of the environment"!!!!!!!!

Mohamed said...

Really alarming and very concerned
How could this kind of a think take such a modified twist and be running this smooth is even harder to grasp.
Demand these people to stop this immediately and take your illegal merchandise out.

Murad said...

Very Concerned!
need to act at a national level!
http://visitmaldives.com/Environment/protected.php
need to raise our voice!

Anonymous said...

Unfotunately this is nothing related to Mr. Presidents political situation.
So I assume NO ACTION would be taken!!!! Especially the fact that it is "NATIONAL HANDICRAFT SHOP" makes it more interesting.
I would like to note that this in NOT the only shop , if you would walk on Chandhaneemagu ...we would see more of these....

LETS HOPE the governmet takes some action .....If not we should do something about it....

zim said...

I think that Mr. President and the policies of his cronies are the root cause of a lot of environmental (and other) problems here.
Apparently that particular shop was opened by him...

Millzero said...

I was there at the opening,. Even the journalist who visited there for the opening question about these products. If I am not mistaken the guy from shop said these BLACK CORAL and stuff has been taken 10 years back. The journalist article in Haveeu news paper has defined about these products. But as far as I know trade of anything made out of black coral is prohibited under Maldivian Law (Since 1 January 1995, Notice no: FA-A1/29/9501 [01-01-1995])

So I just wonder where if Environment ministry or Fisheries and Agriculture ministry, Tourism ministry or even Trade ministry is look in to this. I think this is a shame on every one.

Anonymous said...

I really hope that this is not a trend setting thing for other souvenir shops. It will be easier stop the tourists buying this then to stop our so called environment loving country to stop exploiting endangered species. Lets see if they take any action

hsep said...

we should sign a petition to the goverment to stop ppl who are selling products that are made from endangered species and to close down the shops if they do not stop. If the government doesnt do anything about it we should start a protest about to protect endangered species both in the sea and in the land.

mask said...

this shop is owned by the government. this is the Maldives handicraft exhibition. who are these people anyway. i think we all have to go on a strike to take all unauthorized products.

fuck the environment ministry. fuck the shoppers. fuck you all.

Anonymous said...

hmm as the famous saying goes, noone is above the law and its simply not true.This is how it will be responded by the authorities.Where is everyone???Can we do something about this???

zim said...

Some animals are more than equal eh?
So far its just raising awareness among the public about whats going on.then as some friends suggested would be to make the buyers ie. the holiday makers more aware about such products.

jaa said...

I'm not too sure of the legislation but if this case contravenes the law prohibiting the trade in black coral and products made of such, shouldn't the environment ministry have raised objections when this high profile opening ceremony took place? I wonder what is up with the private NGOs and lobby groups - blue peace? meemuzaviyani fellow?

Anonymous said...

we should do the best to stop this!The young crowd!Else no one believe me " no one " would do anything about this.

Anonymous said...

..hey wat black coral, think of massive corals strength of the reef..still coral mining on process..!but! prohibitted..look at the great Kulhudhuffushi upcoming new walls ha ha ha.. leave dat black coral deal..protect your reef agst Tsunami or else.

dhiyey said...

This is great! I saw this on the news the other day... I never fail to be amazed at how simple voices make such a great difference! great job Zim