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The Maldives

The Maldives

One-by-one tuna fishers, returned from a successful fishing trip © IPNLF

Pole-and-line fishing is generally believed to have originated in the Maldives many centuries ago, making it an important part of the Maldivian identity. In the 21st century, the country’s one-by-one tuna fisheries support some 30,000 livelihoods and contribute more than 15% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

IPNLF has been operating in the Maldives since our inception. Originally our work prioritised supporting the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the pole-and-line skipjack fishery. Today, we’re working closer than ever with local fishing NGOs, government and scientists to ensure the country’s traditional one-by-one fisheries continue to be managed as responsibly as possible, while providing sustainable employment for the Maldivian fishing community – MSC and beyond.

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