Maldivian fishermen protested yesterday, urging the government not to reintroduce longline fishing, which would have a detrimental effect on local fishermen’s livelihoods and disrupt sustainable fishing.
The fishermen advocated against the reintroduction of long-line fishing, claiming that it would trap anything, including sharks. They also asked the government to set a minimum price of MVR 80 for yellowfin tuna.
During the Labor Day 2021 joint boat demonstrations, the Vice President of the Bodu Kanneli Masveringe Union (Yellowfin Tuna Fishermen’s Union) urged the government to make it easier for fishermen to be paid a reasonable wage and to find a better future for them through open discussion.
The Fisheries Ministry had recently announced that talks were taking place to reintroduce long-line fishing in the Maldives.
Currently, Maldivian fishermen only use pole and line fishing, while the EU and other wealthy countries use Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), which results in a decrease in tuna population.