Fishermen’s Day – 19th November 2015
In the Maldives, traditional one-by-one tuna fishing has a long history, that dates back hundreds of years but still remains very much part of the fabric of Maldivian society today. Until the rapid development of tourism that started in the mid-1970s, it was the country’s single most important economic activity; and it still continues to be the main source of economic income for many outer island communities to this day. Maldivians celebrate their long-standing fishing traditions annually on national Fishermen’s Day. This year, the day was marked, along with the Farmers’ Day, on the 19th November with follow up activities on the 20th and 21st. This year’s celebrations were particularly special with activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Maldives’ independence.
The official ceremonies were held on Thursday 19th, graced by the President of the Maldives, Hon Mr Abdullah Yaameen Abdual Qayoom. At the follow up ceremony held on Saturday 21st the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Fisheries Hon Dr Mohamed Shainee awarded a commemorative plaque to the International Pole & Line Foundation in recognition of the work IPNLF has been doing in the Maldives. The plaque was received by the IPNLF Maldives Coordinator Mr Mohammed Muthalib.
FishAgri Expo – 19-21st November 2015
As part of the Fishermen’s Day and Farmer’s Day celebration, FishAgri Expo 2015 was opened. The FishAgri Expo was inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Dr Aishath Shiham. The purpose of the Expo was to build awareness among fishers and farmers of the challenges faced by their industries, and to also inspire younger generations to seek opportunities in these sectors. The event – which was open for public viewing from November 20th-21st – invited a range of fishery and agriculture industry representatives and stakeholders, including NGOs, suppliers, retailers, brands, scientists and government officials, with the hope of facilitating stronger links.
Mohammed and Nadheeh from the IPNLF Maldives team were there at the IPNLF kiosk to raise greater awareness of our organisation and international work programme supporting the development of the pole-and-line/handline fishery. To correspond with the theme of inspiring young fishers, Muthalib and Nadheeh shared information on IPNLF’s fisher education schemes in the Maldives, including the Fishermen’s Community and Training Centre (FCTC), the Training of Trainers (ToT) scheme and the National Skipper Training Curriculum.