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Maldives Fly Fishing

September 15th, 2009 Comments off

Fly Fishing in the Maldives

The Maldives is an excellent destination for fly fishing. The clear, still blue waters mean you can see the bottom of the ocean in so many places, that fly fishing in the Maldives is relatively easy.

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Fly Fishermen love the Shallow, Crystalline Waters of the Maldives

Maldives Fly Fishing Season

The fly fishing season in the Maldives runs from May until October, roughly coinciding with the Maldives season known as the Southwest Monsoon, when the Maldives weather is windier and wetter than during the other season, the Northeast Monsoon, when the weather is hotter and drier.

Maldives Fly Fishing Specimens

The amazing marine life that can be caught while fly fishing in the Maldives is another great attraction of this destination. Fly fishermen can expect to catch Tarpon, Bonefish, Blue Fin Tuna, Barracuda and Trevallies. The fish here grow to great sizes, so fly fishermen will be happy with their catches.

Fly Fishing Equipment

When preparing for a fly fishing trip in the Maldives, you should take the following fly fishing equipment. If you do not have it, you can hire it in the Maldives from one of the fishing tour operators.

  • Flyrod
  • Flyreel
  • Sun Cream
  • Sun Hat
  • Long-sleeved lightweight shirts
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Aquatic Footwear

Maldives Fly Fishing Tips and Hints

Fishing is a very important part of the Maldivian culture and economy. Scuba diving is also very important to the economy and so fish populations need to be protected. Most resorts here are located on private islands and many of them do not allow fishing on or around their coral reefs. Be sure to check with your hotel before making your reservation if you plan to partake in any kind of fishing. This way you will be sure to avoid disappointment.

Maldivian Ministry Bans Reef Shark Fishing

June 28th, 2009 Comments off

Tourism Grows

The ministry of fisheries and agriculture has extended the moratorium on reef shark fishing to cover the territorial waters of the Maldives, as part of a historic move towards a total ban on both reef and oceanic shark hunting.

A ten-year moratorium was imposed in 1998 to cover the seven atolls where tourism had been established on the assumption that many tourists visited the Maldives to see sharks.

But with the spread of tourism to almost all atolls in the country, the ministry has decided to expand the ban to encompass all reef shark fishing across the Maldives within a 12 nautical mile radius.

Marie Saleem, a reef ecologist at the marine research center and one of those at the forefront of the campaign to ban shark hunting, said she was both “excited” and “relieved” to hear that the efforts of those who had been pushing for a ban were “finally fruitful”.

Reef shark populations would now need to be monitored as a matter of urgency in order to observe the effectiveness of the ban, she said.

Total ban

Abdullah Nasir, permanent secretary of the fisheries ministry, has said: “The fisheries law clearly tells us that we can protect any marine species if we feel that it’s threatened or endangered for any reason.”

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(Gray Reef Shark)

Although oceanic shark fishing is yet to be prohibited by law, Nasir said the ministry was “working towards that” and had set itself a target of banning the export of shark products, both oceanic and reef, within one year.

“We have taken very strong action against the protection of sharks simply because they were protected worldwide and are very important for tourism.”

As sharks reproduce at a slow rate their populations cannot handle large-scale fishing pressure.

Speaking to Minivan News in December, Guy Stevens, senior marine biologist at Four Seasons resorts, said: “It takes decades and decades for the shark population to recover, but it doesn’t take long to wipe out.”

NGO Shark Alliance estimates tens of millions of sharks are killed globally each year either as by-catch or intentionally. The lucrative market for shark fins in Asia, where shark-fin soup is considered to be a delicacy, is believed to be increasing each year, which makes the fight against global shark fishing all the more difficult.