The fishing industry is one of the most critical sectors of the Maldivian economy, with only tourism providing higher participation in the workforce. As an island destination, its people have thrived on the abundance of resources available in the Indian Ocean, and these are some ways fishing has become a part of its culture.
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Perfecting the Art of Sustainability
Fishing in the Maldives can be termed an “intimate” industry, as it centres around a tight-knit community and emphasises the importance of family values. Traditionally, the men set out to catch the fish, while the women took charge of preparing the fish, either for meals or for trade.
This community’s close link extends to nature as well, as fishermen are well aware of the harm excessive fishing practices could cause. They have developed methods of sustainable fishing that reduce the negative impacts caused to the environment as much as possible. Fishermen primarily use methods such as pole and line fishing as well as handline, and longline options to avoid excessive catches.
Leisure fishing for tourists
Fishing can be a calming experience and can be enjoyed at the top Maldives all-inclusive resorts. You can set out on a boat and enjoy the beautiful island scenery as you patiently wait for fish to take the bait, “hook, line, and sinker”! As the two industries are heightened by the bountiful marine resources of the country, there’s room for overlap between them as well, and tourists have countless opportunities to engage in some quality leisure fishing.
Whether you’re staying at a guesthouse or a private island property of hospitality brands like Adaaran Resorts, look to go on fishing trips with packages available for half-day or full-day excursions. Some operators may even offer fishing escapades that take place over several days.
Big game fishing and night fishing are amongst the most popular excursions in the Maldives. However, make sure to check with the staff of the resort you’re staying at if such activities are available, as some properties may not provide them or permit fishing from their shores. That said, a spot of fishing is a taste of authentic Maldivian culture, and you must not forego it.
Travellers have the chance to catch a variety of fish during big game fishing, including barracuda, sailfish, and dorado. Meanwhile, night fishing is a unique experience that lets you take in the starry sky and the still ocean, all while having the chance to catch unique types of fish such as snappers and emperors.
Fishing is the trade that has sustained the Maldives since its inception and is a core part of its identity. Tourists embarking on fishing adventures are essentially taking part in a time-honoured tradition, and it is important to understand the sustainable methods and the lessons learned through them too.