Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO) has announced that they will weigh 7 tonnes of fish per fishing vessel starting tomorrow. This is the second time MIFCO has set a limit this month.
Several fishermen protested against the previously set limit of 5 tonnes of fish per fishing vessel. However, MIFCO decided to purchase from all the vessels in queue after the situation started to escalate.
In an announcement made today, MIFCO stated that with the start of peak fishing season in numerous locations of the country, the company is having major trouble purchasing and storing large amounts of fish. However, they are currently weighing fish above the capacity levels and need more time to freeze the current stock before purchasing more. Thus, they have decided to implement a 7 tonnes limit per fishing vessel.
MIFCO recently revealed that they have decided to bring in an additional boat from abroad temporarily to alleviate the overload on the carrying capacity of the southern fleet.