Commercial Fishing

Commercial Fishing Male Fish Market

The commercial fishing industry in the Maldives is the largest source of employment in the country, engaging around 20% of the total workforce, from fishermen, traders, processors and ancillary workers.

Yellow FinTuna At Male

Tuna fishing has always been the main activity in this sector, however some reef species are now being commercialy fished, such as groupers, snapper, lobster, sea cucumbers and aquarium fish.

While tuna stocks have yet to be assessed they are by far the most abundant and most heavily fished species.

Small Fry

For Maldivian fishermen the use of nets is prohibited, and as they have to use a pole and line, this traditional method avoids over fishing.

Commercial Fishing

A tuna processing plant located in Felivaru buys tuna from the fishermen and also run a fleet of boats that collect tuna from throughout the country, the same boats also sell fuel to the fishermen.

Return from commercial fishing to Maldives fishing

Return to game fishing

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As Liveaboard Dive Boats become more popular with the scuba diving community, the Maldives have responded with dive boats that are available to take you to the most diverse dive spots, islands and atolls in the country

 Liveaboard Dive Boats

The Whale Shark season in the seas around the South Ari Atoll is from December to April. All dive schools in this area will put on trips to see the Whale sharks, Vilamendhoo springs to mind as a dedicated divers resort also Sun Island Resort is in a perfect location as a neighbor of Maamagilli Island, with some of the best scuba diving in the area.

Whale Shark Facts