Fainu islanders have been lobbying against the airport project.
A group of Islanders have been lobbying against an airport project.
The Environment Protection Agency said the clearance of vegetation was necessary.
The EPA blamed lack of resources, poor inter-agency cooperation and insufficient enforcement powers.
The trees were allegedly uprooted for export to Abu Dhabi.
The streets of the capital were inundated after heavy rainfall.
Action will be taken against the illegal removal of trees.
The protected marine areas are the Kandi-Hera Maakandu channel and the British Loyalty shipwreck.
The Chinese company said there was a detailed seabed cleaning plan.
Photos show shark fins hung out to dry by Sinamalé bridge workers.
The ministry uprooted trees and carried out road construction without an environmental impact assessment.
The fines were imposed over the unauthorised extraction and release of groundwater.
The three biodiversity hotspots include popular dive sites and unique wetlands.
Hoadehdhoo islanders dug out the causeway after swell surges flooded the island.
The fish was said to be tasty but with very thick skin.
Raalhugandu was fenced off in 2016 for the construction of a bridge.
Nearly 70 percent of the mangrove has been reclaimed, NGOs said.