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Module 4: Fishery management in the Maldives

Welcome to Module 4 of our “Marine conservation in the Maldives” course. In this module, our invited lecturers will introduce you to fishery practices in the Maldives, focusing specifically on tuna and live bait fishery, and will also highlight important ecological and social impacts of fishery management practices.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will learn that:

  • Pole-and-line is the most common technique to catch tuna in the Maldives;
  • The mechanisation of fishing vessels has changed the behaviour of fishers ;
  • Harvesting of live bait is currently being assessed;
  • The impact of fishery on marine life is not limited to one country;
  • Ghost nets represent a serious threat to marine species;
  • Actions can be taken to reduce the impact on marine life by making appropriate food choices.

Lectures in this module

An insight into the Maldives livebait and tuna fishery

Tuna has been caught in the Maldives for more than 700 years. Pole-and-line has been the most popular fishing method among the Maldivian tuna fishers for centuries. In the past, fishers have exploited several species of tuna using pole-and-line in the coa…

Impact of Ghost Nets in the Maldives

The Olive Ridley Project was initiated in the Maldives in response to an alarming number of marine organisms becoming entangled in lost abandoned or otherwise discarded fishing nets more commonly referred to as ghost nets. Ghost nets are by their very nat…