Maldives Customs Services has confirmed that Maldivian authorities had seized 21 boxes of shark fins at Velaana International Airport today.

Customs said that the fins were seized in a joint operation conducted by Customs and Aviation Security Command and that the seized shark fins weighed about 429 kg.

Customs also said that the shark fins were concealed in a shipment declared as salt fish. It added that further investigations were currently ongoing.

Authorities seized 21 boxes of shark fins/ Photo: Customs

In the Maldives, all sharks are protected by law, where all harvest and trade of live, dead, parts or products of all sharks are banned. But the illegal trade of these protected creatures surfaces from time to time