How to get 10-20 years in prison travelling with corals....

Have you ever thought about taking a piece of coral home you found out in the ocean?

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revhtree

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You get it by removing coral ILLEGALLY from the Philippines! SMH! DON'T DO IT!

Seriously what are these people thinking? I know this was probably someone looking to make a profit but what goes through these peoples mind?

From the photos it looks like the coral might die as well.

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FB Story Here or read the quote below.

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS -PORT OF NAIA APPREHENDS 254 PIECES of endangered PHILIPPINE LIVE CORALS being smuggled out by tourist

Through the vigilance of Bureau of Customs-Port of NAIA and interagency coordinations, 254 pieces live corals were apprehended at Terminal 3, NAIA, Pasay City.

According to Bureau of Customs this was apprehended through a continuous surveillance and coordination with Office of Transport Security (OTS) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). The 254 live corals wrapped in plastic containers with water are almost 50 to 100 year old corals according to findings of BFAR.

They were found inside two (2) suitcases of a Taiwanese National departing and about to board for Taiwan.

Coral Exportations

Coral Exportations can have direct and indirect impacts, such as sand erosion, land retreat, and sedimentation. These can all greatly affect coastal towns, villages and the tourism industry because the coral protects coastlines and builds beaches.

Loss of Fish Habitat

Removal of coral and “live rock” from reefs removes critical habitat for fish and other animals.

Exportation of live corals without necessary permits violates provisions of R.A. 10863 or Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to R.A. 10654 or Ban on Coral Exploitation and Exportation as it endangers the Philippine endemic species of corals or precious and semi-precious corals that only exist in the Philippine marine waters.

Upon conviction by a court of law, Offenders of Coral Exploitation and Exportation shall be punished by imprisonment from ten (10) to twenty (20) years and a fine and forfeiture of the subject coral. The offenders shall also be required to pay the cost of restoration of the damaged coral reefs based on available studies and as determined by the department.

Bureau of Customs-NAIA will continue to protect the borders against illegal entry and exit of regulated and prohibited goods.

To date, Bureau of Customs NAIA has a record-breaking 27 drug busts in span of 6 months and will continue to help protect the country.
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nautical_nathaniel

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The Philippines don't really play around with any sort of illegal activity o_O sort of makes me not want to travel there for fear of accidentally doing something that they find illegal or wrong.
 
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You get it by removing coral ILLEGALLY from the Philippines! SMH! DON'T DO IT!

Seriously what are these people thinking? I know this was probably someone looking to make a profit but what goes through these peoples mind?

From the photos it looks like the coral might die as well.

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FB Story Here or read the quote below.



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On a cruise ship 1995, I found quarter size piece of dead coral. Coming home at customs, got cold feet. Didn't bring it on me. Not knowing the laws, about bring things like this back to US.
Glad I didn't
 
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The last line is the best...

"To date, Bureau of Customs NAIA has a record-breaking 27 drug busts in span of 6 months and will continue to help protect the country."
 

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On a cruise ship 1995, I found quarter size piece of dead coral. Coming home at customs, got colder feet. Didn't bring it on me. Not know the laws, about bring things like this back to US.
Glad I didn't
Nothing will happen. I take a cruise at least once a year. I aways bring back the big shells I found while diving as gifts. Your one piece of dryied dead corals won't raise any flag.
 

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ahhh the philippines. i lived there for awhile. If you cant out smart philippine authorities then you deserve to be in jail.

I am surprised someone found living coral worth collecting. Things are grim over there.
 

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Someone stole it. They killed it for a photo op. Probably several.

I am trying to decide who is worse.
I'm dumb founded with the local authorities by showcasing huge corals in the open and killing them at the same time!!! Atrocious & stupid ... instead of protecting & putting the corals back into the ocean, they let them "hang dry" ;Punch ;Rage
 

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What an idiot, but at least he presumably planned on keeping them alive! these folks just laying it out on a table hurt me to look at.
 
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They are more endangered now, poachers and local authorities.
 

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Bureau of Customs NAIA should have enlisted the assistance from the Agriculture & Fisheries Dept. to handle the news brief. These living corals aren't drugs if someone care to "educate" them ... seriously!
 

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I agree that the smuggler was at fault here. However, what’s better when you think of it? A smuggler who actually may give the corals a chance in a tank or unknowing LFS? Or the authorities who literally dried out the corals for a dang photo op!
 

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