In the azure waters surrounding the idyllic archipelago of the Maldives, a delicate dance between humans and the sea has been honed into an art—the art of sustainable fishing. As the sun paints the horizon with hues of orange and pink, local fishermen set sail in traditional wooden dhows, not just as seekers of the day’s catch but as stewards of the marine ecosystem.
Maldivian fishermen employ time-honoured, low-impact techniques, such as handline fishing and pole-and-line fishing. These methods not only minimise bycatch but also ensure that each catch is a conscious decision, contributing to the preservation of the underwater world when conducting deep-sea fishing in Maldives.
Sustainable fishing in Zanzibar extends beyond individual practises; it’s a communal effort. Local fishing communities collaborate on resource management, establishing no-fishing zones and seasonal closures to allow marine life the necessary space and time to replenish.
Organisations and NGOs are actively involved in marine conservation efforts. They work hand-in-hand with local communities, conducting research, implementing sustainable practices, and educating fishermen about the importance of preserving their marine heritage.
Zanzibar’s commitment to sustainability extends to its culinary scene. Resorts such as The Residence Maldives Dhigurah and restaurants collaborate with local fishermen, prioritising responsibly sourced seafood, to ensure that the gastronomic delights offered to visitors align with the principles of sustainable and ethical fishing.