KHANH HOA (VNS) — Nearly 180cu.m of coral have been seized during two months of inspection conducted by inspectors of central Khanh Hoa Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Van Ninh district's authorities.
The inspection, which started in early July, aimed at preventing illegal coral mining in this coastal area. A total of VND10 million (US$475,000) in fines has been collected.
Le Van Dung, deputy chief inspector of the department, said coral traders often hired local people to mine at night and use a car to transport the goods.
Coral can be processed into lime, fine art, or lobster traps. The price for it ranges from VND300,000-2,000,000 ($14-95) per cu.m. — VNS