The government of the Maldives has permitted expatriates to take part in fishing activity onboard local fishing vessels in the Maldives.
The Fisheries Ministry stated in a press release that several discussions had been arranged with stakeholders over the involvement of undocumented expatriates in fishing activities where the stakeholders expressed difficulty in finding locals for specific work.
The Fisheries Ministry has now decided to permit the involvement of expatriates in certain fishing-related activities, with the exception of fishing, under certain restrictions for the benefit of the entire industry.
Under section 13 of the General Regulation formed under the Fisheries Act, the Fisheries Ministry allows the employment of two work permit holders under government policies on each fishing vessel. The two employees are restricted only to cooking and maintenance activities such as cleaning. The expatriates can only be employed by vessels with specific licenses such as export to foreign sources and licenses to supply fish to exporters, and pole-line fishing or Yellowfin Tuna fishing.