Livestock / Fisheries Maldives

A socio-economic Assessment of the tuna fisheries in the Maldives

This report presents an analysis of the role of the pole-and-line fishery of the Maldives as a social and economic policy, as opposed to a purely ecological one. The study explores how government policies have helped shape the fishery and have impacted on the vulnerability, adaptability and livelihood assets of the local population. The sector is heavily exposed to trends on the world market, and the economic potential of the fisheries remains underutilised. However, the pole-and-line fishery has served to create an accessible and equitable form of employment to a large, and otherwise isolated, part of the population, and benefits from the fishery are spread through the economy through consumer spending, saving and re-investment, including in education.