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Advanced marine science in the Maldives

The Marine Research Center and IUCN through Project REGENERATE partnered with Catlin Seaview Survey (CSS) Expedition to provide a baseline of coral reef characteristics and health across habitats affected by varying levels of human influence and human dev…

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…

Marine turtles of the Maldives

The ability to identify individuals within a population is often a starting point for ecological and conservation studies. Realistic estimates of population size and distribution of a species are important for creating effective management strategies. All…

Mantas of the Maldives - An Introduction (part 1)

Despite the worldwide distribution of manta rays (Manta alfredi) in tropical and subtropical regions, there is very little published information on their biology or ecology. Knowledge of the abundance of mantas and their migration patterns is essential to…

Mantas of the Maldives - Manta Tourism (part 2)

Manta rays are a major attraction for tourist divers and snorkelers in the Republic of Maldives. Based on surveys of experienced divers and tourists carried out at manta viewing dive sites, the manta-related touristic activity was estimated to be worth ab…

Whales and Dolphins of the Maldives

The waters of the Maldives are part of the International Whaling Commission’s Indian Ocean Sanctuary and have recorded 23 species of cetacean (Anderson et al. 2012), which are protected under Maldivian law. The order Cetacea comprises wholly marine ma…

Hanifaru Bay: a case study

A bay the size of a football pitch, Hanifaru Bay is a unique and special site where, during favourable conditions, over 200 manta rays aggregate to feed on the zooplankton trapped inside the bay. Hanifaru Bay is now a Marine Protected Area (MPA) of the Ma…

How local communities value natural resources

Today’s society is gearing towards a more global concern about the environment. Although the concerns are at the global level actions are often focused at the local level. Local actions, repeated across communities, are thought to have regional and glob…