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Madagascar: 300 rosewood logs seized in the southeast of the island




Some 300 logs rosewood of the natural reserve of Anosy were seized last week in Marorohy, coastal village located in southeastern Madagascar in the Atsimo-Atsinanana region by the authorities in charge of the fight against vast illegal trafficking which strikes the island for a few years.
 
Two Malagasy boats conducting round-trips between a ship off the coast, flying foreign flags, and a platform of fortune installed in edge of sea, have been caught.
 
The suspect vessel was able to escape this punch operation, according to the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.
 
As a reminder, the smuggling of rosewood in Madagascar experienced a resurgence since 2009 in Madagascar with an export presumed to Asia.
 
The species is indeed protected, since it is threatened with extinction, and despite the prohibition of slaughter as well as exportation following a decree from 2010 on Madagascar.
 
A juicy market that generates big profits for traffickers, with a kilo of precious wood that is torn off at nearly 500 dollars (377 euros).



Antso Rajaona


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