In a bid to enhance safety at sea and mitigate the risks associated with fishing operations, President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has announced a groundbreaking initiative. The government is set to launch a specialized training program ensuring that every fishing vessel has at least one crew member certified as a rescue diver.
President Muizzu revealed this strategic move during the commemoration of the 43rd Fishermen’s Day at a dedicated function. Addressing the audience, he underscored the need for proactive measures to prevent tragic accidents, particularly those occurring during net fishing.
Highlighting the challenges faced by the fishing community at sea, especially during diving activities, President Muizzu expressed concerns about the lack of a permanent solution to address these incidents within the crucial fisheries sector.
“Incidents at sea, particularly during net fishing, can be prevented if the crew members are properly trained to provide assistance,” President Muizzu emphasized, emphasizing the importance of immediate and effective responses during emergencies at sea.
To actualize this vision, President Muizzu announced the introduction of a comprehensive training program certifying crew members as rescue divers. The government aims to implement robust policies to prevent such incidents, recognizing the profound impact they have on both the victims and their families.
Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Resources, Ahmed Shafiu, shared additional insights into the project during a discussion on the PSM Week 14 program. He highlighted the evolving methods in net fishing, with fishermen venturing to depths of up to forty meters. Shafiu emphasized that inadequate training in handling dive equipment and providing immediate first aid contributes to incidents at sea.
In response to this challenge, the government is committed to ensuring that every fishing vessel has at least one crew member equipped with the necessary skills to respond effectively during emergency situations. This initiative aligns with the broader objective of fostering a safer and more secure environment for the fishing community, marking a significant step towards comprehensive maritime safety in the Maldives.