Anyone who removes sand from the island’s beaches can be fined $ 3,550.
The unnamed man was arrested at Cagliari Elmas Airport on 1 September, in which he was found in possession of a bottle containing 4.4 pounds of sand.
A spokesperson for the island’s forest rangers told CNN, “The bottle was confiscated and is now in our operating room where we keep these confiscated items. At the end of the year we usually have several bottles of sand deposited . “
In 2017, a regional law was introduced that made it illegal to take sand from the beaches of Sardinia.
According to the spokesperson, the fine ranges between € 500 and € 3,000 ($ 600– $ 3,550), and depends on the amount taken.
The rules were introduced, he said, as incidents continued to grow steadily and continuously.
“Unbelievable” colors, pink or very white sanded beaches are specifically targeted, the spokesperson said.
“Last year we got a website selling our sand as a memento. It has become a very famous phenomenon in Europe,” he said.
Controls have become “more stringent” over the past three years, adding: “Sanctions are much more severe – we work with the police and they alert us.”
Members of the public also approach the authorities if they see tourists looting the sand.
Last year, police seized 88 pounds of sand from a French couple visiting the island. And a British resident was fined more than $ 1,000 in 2018, when authorities discovered sand taken from a beach near the northern city of Olbia.