Minister met the visiting Implementation mission on the World Bank funded Wetlands Conservation and Coral Reef Monitoring for Adaptation to Climate Change Project. The mission briefed the Minister on the project's coral reef component and its progress.
Following the gazetting of the Grouper Fishery and Export Regulation of the Maldives, Marine Research Center and the Fisheries Management Agency has conducted a training for officials of law enforcement agencies who would have a major role in its enforcement. The training was held on the 4th of July at the Customs Training Center and a total of 33 officials from the Maldives Customs Services, Maldives Police Services and MNDF participated. Participants were briefed on the current status of the fishery, the need for management measures and the recently gazetted Grouper Regulations. Participants were then instructed on how to identify the most commonly caught grouper species. The Grouper Fishery and Export Regulation will come into effect from the 26th of August 2013.
Consultation workshop on Maldives first boat building code started in R.Alifushi on 11th April 2010. Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. Ibrahim Didi inaugurated the workshop attended by boat builders from the islands of North region.
Maldives Marine Police, Coast Guard and Transport Authority of Maldives have participated in this two day workshop as resource people.
A similar workshop targeting the boat builders of south region will be held on 19th April in the capital Male’.
Honorable Minister Ahmed Shafeeu, gave a press briefing which was organised and conducted by the President office. The Press briefing took place at Velaanaage 2nd floor conference room . Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture highlighted ongoing works in both sectors with emphasis on the mandates of both Agriculturer and Fisheries Sector. Information and its details on the ongoing projects from both the sectors Fisheries and Agricutlure was also shared with the media.
Press briefing : Presentation
Press briefing : Photo
The Second Regional Consultation on Preparation of Management Plan for Shark Fisheries was held in H.Dh Kulhudhuffushi, UppeNorth Province from 9-11 August 2009. The consultation was organized in coordination with the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture and the Bay of Bengal Program – Inter Governmental Organization.
Senior fisheries managers and research scientists from member countries of the Bay of Bengal Program – Inter Governmental Organisation; Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka participated in the second round of the regional consultation. In addition, Dr. Rudolf Hermes, the chief technical advisor for the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project (BOBLME) also participated in the consultation.
A road map for the formulation and implementation of the National Plan of Action on conservation and management of sharks was adopted at the concluding session of the three day consultation. The road map highlighted the issues that needed to be addressed by member countries and a time frame to complete the National Plan of Action.
A draft of a possible Regional Plan of Action on conservation and management of sharks was discussed during the consultation. The draft would be finalized when member countries finalize their National Plan of Action.