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.