Tourists are at risk to be fined if they take sand from Sardinia beaches, in Italy

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Authorities said on Saturday that 41 individuals had been reported for the theft of about 100kg (220lb) of items from , Italy.. They are facing fines of up to €3,000 (£2,580; $3,650) for removing beach sand and shells from the Italian island. The trade in Sardinian sand, pebbles and shells was made illegal in 2017. But tourists, mainly Europeans and including some Italians, bottle the sand to keep as souvenirs or auction it online. For some people taking the sand home served as a reminder of a “treasured memory. Police in recent days had discovered dozens of online adverts for the sale of items collected from the Mediterranean island’s coasts illegally, some at what they described as “high prices”. And it’s not a joke, something wich could be ignored: as an example, in 2019, a French couple visiting Sardinia were caught with 40kg of sand in the boot of their SUV. n three summer months in 2015 alone, as much as five tonnes of sand was seized at Elmas airport, local reports say.

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Sand was also seized at the island’s other airports in Alghero and Olbia.Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily. It has been inhabited since the Paleolithic. There are many beaches in Sardinia. All the best beaches in Sardinia are free to access and those that aren’t free require just a small fee. The island’s forestry corps says Sardinia’s beaches were created over millions of years. “Taking away a little bottle may not seem a big deal. But if all the millions of tourists did it, tonnes and tonnes would disappear every year,” they say.