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Fishermen's Community & Training Centre

Fishermen's Community & Training Centre

Fishermen's Community & Training Centre, Maldives © IPNLF

The Fishermen’s Community & Training Centre (FCTC) officially opened on Gan Island in Laamu Atoll, south central Maldives in January 2014, as a joint venture between IPNLF and the Maldives Fishermen’s Association – and supported by Engagement Migros (of the Swiss retail group Migros). The FCTC now provides long-term support for the country’s one-by-one fishing communities through the provision of invaluable fisheries training and education.

From this base location instructors, both at the centre and travelling throughout the Maldives, teach active fishermen and school-leavers on a range of subjects, from post­-harvest handling to improved recording of catch and fishing effort, to safety at sea. Collectively this training adds to the sustainability, quality and safety of fishers’ practices. 

IPNLF work in collaboration with the Maldives Marine Research Centre (MRC) and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MoFA), to run schemes from this base, such as the Training of Trainers, and the National Curriculum. 

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