One of our ongoing priorities in the Maldives is onboard fisheries science research in the pole-and-line and handline tuna fisheries. Our researchers collect data on the tuna catch (volume, species and size), as well as the bait use, fuel use and any by-catch from these trips. Similar observations are also made relating to the fleet’s bait fishing.
We use this information to help fishers adopt more efficient bait and fuel use systems, create Technical Reports and direct IPNLF's work stream. These valuable records are also given to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and the Maldives’ Marine Research Centre (MRC) to increase their understanding of the stocks and to act as the scientific basis for future management decisions.