The National Handicraft Center located in the STO trade center has removed the black coral products sold there. Last Wednesday a person from the Trade Ministry informed that it was illegal to sell black coral. They had asked Najah Art Place, their business partner to remove all the products from their shop.
Few questions arises…Wonder what made them do that? And I wonder what happened to all the removed items? Should it be burned in front of the press at Dhoonidhoo along with all the other illegal stuff the government confiscates? What about the profit the shop has yielded from selling the illegal and endangered black coral? And what kind of action would they take from any further trade of it and to stop such trade from the rest of the tourist shops?