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Police to investigate illegal shark finning at Kulhudhuffushi

The investigation was launched after images of dried shark fins kept to be smoked in the sun surfaced on the social media

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Airport project on protected island alarms environmentalists

Environmental groups say construction of an airport on the “unique and rare” island of Dhigulaabadhoo in southern Gaaf Dhaal Atoll would lead to biodiversity loss.

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Can Maldives reefs recover from El Nino?

Environmentalists say Maldives reefs may not bounce back from this year’s El Nino as fast as the government expects because of human stressors, such as dredging and land reclamation.

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Bridge pipes ‘stored’ on Gulhifalhu reef

Some 18 massive steel pipes imported for the ongoing construction of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge are being kept on top of a coral reef near Malé.

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Maldives leads push for first-ever precautionary controls on tuna fishery

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, a regional fisheries management body, adopted last week a Maldives-led proposal to set harvest control rules on the skipjack fishery.

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Storms cause severe flooding across Maldives

Some 15 islands have reported damages from flooding to households and farms. Strong winds also uprooted trees and ripped off roofs in some islands.

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Tidal surges wreak havoc at Malé’s new artificial beach

Storm surges caused extensive damage at the newly built artificial beach in Malé, Rasfannu, on Tuesday, uprooting lampposts, toppling chairs and bins, and displacing large swathes of sand inland.

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Torrential rain and tidal waves forecast for central Maldives

The Met Department has issued a severe weather warning for central Maldives, forecasting torrential rain, severe thunderstorms and swell waves for the stretch of atolls between Lhaviyani and Meemu Atolls for the next seven days.

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Maldives signs historic climate change agreement

The Maldives signed the historic Paris climate change agreement on Friday, urging big polluters to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Crew of sinking cargo boat rescued at sea

The coastguard rescued four crew members Friday afternoon from a cargo boat that sank en route from Malé to the southern island of Feeali in Faafu atoll.

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Eco-label suspended for Maldives yellowfin tuna

The suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council’s eco-label was based on by an assessment of yellowfin tuna stocks by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s scientific committee, which “showed significant declines as a result of overfishing and relatively low reproduction levels.”

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Airport bridge will not cause lasting damage to Malé’s surf point, says minister

The construction of a bridge between Malé and Hulhulé poses no threat to the city’s surf point at Varunulaa Raalhugandu, Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizz said today, assuring surfers that they would be able to surf there once the project is completed in 2018.

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Heavy rainfall causes flooding at airport

Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding at the Maldives’ main airport and sewer overflows in the capital Malé.

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45 islands out of water amidst record heat

Some 45 islands have reported a water shortage amidst record breaking warm weather. The meteorology department said the Maldives is experiencing its hottest dry season in 18 years.

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New artificial beach closed to swimmers after sewage pipe bursts

The recently opened ‘Rasfannu’ artificial beach in Malé’s west coast has been closed to swimmers after an underwater sewage pipe in the area burst open.

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Government cancels auction of protected islands in UNESCO biosphere reserve

The fisheries ministry is cancelling auctions of four protected islands in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve following a social media outcry.

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More than 20 islands already facing water shortages

More than 20 islands across the Maldives are already facing water shortages, according to the National Disaster Management Centre.

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