Maldives fishermen and IPNLF sign MoU

The IPNLF and Maldives fishermen are working to promote the country’s one-by-one tuna sector Credit: IPNLF The IPNLF and Maldives fishermen are working to promote the country’s one-by-one tuna sector Credit: IPNLF

A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and NGO Dhivehi Masverin (Maldives Fishermen).

With collaborative efforts designed to promote the benefits of tuna fishing, the MoU will establish a stronger foundation from which the Maldives can maintain and grow its thriving one-by-one tuna fishing sector. Another of the agreement’s key priorities will be attracting new talent and young jobseekers to the Maldives’ tuna fishing sector.

IPNLF managing director, Martin Purves, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Dhivehi Masverin in this important work. Our two associations share a lot of common goals, and I am confident that by uniting efforts in the agreed areas we can accelerate the progress of the Maldives’ one-by-one tuna sector – thereby expediting the benefits for stakeholders on all levels.”

In signing the MoU, IPNLF and Dhivehi Masverin agree to promote each other’s work through their respective social media platforms, collaborate on conducting skipper training workshops to promote best-practice fishing, support the collection of catch-and-effort and other fishery data, support and assist in promoting the reduction of plastic use in tuna fisheries and support activities that ensure an improved understanding of social and economic conditions.

Dhivehi Masverin’s president and local fisherman, Ahmed Shafiu, said, “I come from a relatively large fisher family in Gemanafushi island in the south. I have always believed that our fishery is special, but that there is also scope for improvement, particularly in making the lives of fishermen better, safer and more secure.”

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