https://maldivesindependent.com/environment/resort-accused-of-dumping-garbage-at-sea-147280

A video showing a boat crew dumping several bags of garbage into the ocean has been widely shared on Facebook and Twitter. The small dhoni in the 44-second video allegedly belongs to a resort operated by a prominent local company. Ibrahim Naeem, director general of the Environment Protection Agency, told the Maldives Independent on Wednesday that the watchdog was looking into the case. An investigation has not been launched yet as the EPA was trying to verify details of the incident, he said. The Maldives is signatory to an international convention that prohibits dumping of waste at sea, with the exception of some material such as sewage sludge and organic waste. But anecdotal evidence suggests that dumping waste into the sea is common in the Maldives. In June, the tourism ministry vowed to take action against resorts that violate environmental regulations after photos published on Facebook showed dozens of rubbish bags discarded on the beach of an uninhabited island under the Dhigufaru Resort management. (…)