IPNLF launches skipper training program for tuna fishermen
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) has launched the first national fishing curriculum in the Maldives for pole-and-line vessel skippers. The program is designed to ensure safe and sustainable fishing.
Now officially recognized by the Maldives’ Ministry of Education, the Fishermen’s Community and Training Centre (FCTC) was founded in January 2014.
“Trained knowledgeable young fishermen coming into the industry will strengthen and enhance our policy of responsible fishery for which we are committed,” said Adnan Ali, president of the Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA).
Throughout last year FCTC offered a number of short-courses covering a wide range of topics from sea safety, marine engine repair and maintenance, marine ecology and bait management. The curriculum is aimed at improving the sustainability and efficiency of the Maldives’ pole-and-line tuna fishery, ensuring the industry’s viability for future generations.
As part of their training, two fishers at the center travelled to fish on American Albacore Fishing Association vessels in the Pacific Northwest, capitalizing on IPNLF’s global network of fisheries.
“Knowledge is power they say,” said John Burton, IPNLF chairman. “Well I believe that with the knowledge gained from this curriculum, Maldives can be assured of the sustainable management of its marine resources for generations to come.”