On 7th June, ENACT Africa published an article asking how Morocco’s rare fossils end up in auctions and collections as far afield as Paris or Mexico City?  The Atlas mountain range contains large quantities of fossils and, traditionally, local populations have exploited these resources, selling ancient fossils to tourists and collectors.  However, since the 2000s this activity has transformed into a structured and lucrative business.  In early January 2019, Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development published a draft decree that addresses the need for the trade in fossils to be regulated.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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