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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated it will fine individuals who illegally capture migratory birds.
In a press release, EPA noted the current season sees many species of birds from around the world migrating to the Maldives. EPA stated the migratory birds are protected under the Environment Protection and Preservation Act. The agency expressed concern over individuals continuing to capture the protected bird species every year despite the ban.
EPA stated it received reports of individuals using traps to capture birds in open areas such as football fields, vacant and reclaimed land. The agency warned fines will be imposed on individuals who are found guilty of the capture and captivity of protected bird species.
Numerous species of birds migrate to the Maldives during the Northeast Monsoon. Capturing such birds is prohibited unless permitted by EPA for research purposes.