Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-13-0010PresentationPoster

MARINE RESEARCH CENTRE (MALDIVES) TAKES LEAD IN THE POLE AND LINE TUNA FISHERY IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

Ahmed Riyaz Jauharee*1

1 Marine Research Centre, Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Republic of Maldives

ABSTRACT :

Marine Research Centre (MRC) was established in 1984 with the mandate to Plan, coordinate and conduct scientific research on marine resources of the Maldives. In addition MRC is required to undertake marine research directed at the conservation, enhancement and management of the marine environment in general and for fisheries exploitation in particular. MRC also study ways and means, which will increase the fisheries sector┐s contribution to the economy of the country and conduct resource surveys in selected areas within the country. MRC is responsible to undertake research on technological innovations, which will promote the rational utilisation of the marine resources which also involves the introduction of these technologies to the fishing industry. Finally publish research findings and reference materials with the objective of creating public awareness about the marine environment. MRC has played a significant role in attaining the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate for both skipjack and yellowfin pole and line tuna fishery in the Maldives. Since Maldives attained the MSC certificates MRC has become more active in undertaking research in the tuna fishery and livebait fishery associated with the tuna fishery. MRC is now engaged in studying the bycatch related to both fisheries and also in the processes of formulating a management plan for the expanding livebait fishery which crucial for the tuna fishery. Studies related to bait species distribution across the country due to changes in oceanographic conditions and changes in monsoons are to be conducted in the future.