Gemanafushi Masverin (Fishermen of Gemanafushi) is formed in February 2018 as a non-government organisation in the Maldives. The Association aims to promote pole-and-line fishing together with all the related activities of fishing in the Maldives. The Association intends to create awareness in the community and encourage youths to be a part of the industry. Gemanafushi Masverin also updates and educates fishermen on the latest technology being used in the fishing industry.
The Association adheres to all laws, regulations and best practices used in the pole-and-line fishing industry and assists all the government and non-government stakeholders in the fishing community.
While this organisation is officially just a few months old, its members have been promoting Maldivian pole-and-line fishing on our Facebook page, Gemanafushi Masverin, since 2015. One-by-one fishing provides livelihood opportunities for thousands of Maldivian citizens and one of our most important functions is to convey how essential this sector’s contribution is to the Gemanafushi community’s way of life. In joining IPNLF’s international membership network and working together with its team and fellow Members, we are confident that we can progress the local industry and share those efforts on a far greater scale.Ahmed Shafiu (Founding Member of Gemanafushi Masverin)