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Opposition to the lifting of the Maldives Shark Fishing Ban grows

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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Joint Statement opposing the lifting of the shark ban in the Maldives

On 23 March 2021, responding to questions from Members of the Parliament at the Economic Affairs Committee of the People’s Majlis, the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Research and Agriculture, stated that they were considering the option to lift the Maldives’ 11-year-old shark fishery ban. The Ministry stated that they see “no reason not to” lift the ban to reap benefits from fishing this economic resource.

With Maldives having declared a climate emergency, it is inconsistent for the country to undermine its position as a safe haven and hope-spot for sharks which play a vital role in maintaining the health of the Maldives’ marine environment.

Therefore, we the undersigned Concerned Stakeholders urge the State Authorities not to lift the shark fishing and trade bans that have been in place for over a decade.

The undersigned Concerned Stakeholders also call upon the State Authorities to uphold the rule of law to enforce the legal protections for sharks, to ensure accountability and to conduct timely and transparent investigations on the following cases:

  1. The attempted illegal export of 429 kg of shark fins seized by the Maldives Customs Service on 3 January 2021 at Velana International Airport;
  2. The vessel that was apprehended by Maldives Police Service carrying a large quantity of sharks and shark products in South Ari Atoll on 23 March 2021; and
  3. The illegal drum fishing line discovered by a tourist at the popular dive site, Fish Head in North Ari Atoll with several hooked sharks on 24 March 2021.

We urge State authorities to give serious consideration to the fragility of the balance of nature in the Maldives today. As a nation of 99% water and 1% land, the health of the ocean is vital for its survival. At a time where we are grappling multiple crises; the Covid-19 pandemic, economic crisis; to name but a few, the climate crisis and ecological crises are threat multipliers. Safeguarding the sharks is essential for Maldivians to be able to survive and thrive.

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Join Regaldive for Maldives Whale Shark online event tomorrow!

Maldives DTA Team

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Divers can get an exclusive preview of Regaldive’s Maldives Whale Shark Extravaganza trip during an exclusive Zoom event where they will be joined by Chloe Winn from the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme and Romney Drury from Boutique Beach Resort.

The event takes place tomorrow, Saturday 8 January 2022, between 10:00 – 11:00am (UK time).

In this short presentation you can learn about the programme’s work, gain an insight into the large numbers of whale sharks in this region and find out how you can get involved. They will even share with you how you could name a whale shark!

Maldives Whale Shark Extravaganza from £2695 (excl. flights)

Departure Dates: 23 – 30 April 2022

Regaldive has just a couple of spaces left on this special group adventure to Dhigurah Island in the South Ari Atoll for a lucky few. Based at the magical Boutique Beach Resort and limited to a maximum of just 12 divers, this unique trip offers the opportunity of multiple encounters with prolific megafauna plus some action-packed diving at some of the Maldives’ most famous dive sites. You’ll also benefit from the expertise of Chloe Winn from the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme. Here’s some recent feedback from Julie who visited Boutique Beach a few weeks ago:

“We had a superb time. Everything was excellent – they did a fantastic job and made you feel part of the family. No wonder the place is so popular with return guests.”

Register to book your place at the Zoom event tomorrow and let the Regaldive Team know if you have any questions you would like to ask Chloe and Romney.

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Euro-Divers celebrates 50 Years in the Maldives

Maldives DTA Team

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Euro-Divers is celebrating an incredible 50 Years in the Maldives in 2022.

Euro-Divers first opened its doors to divers at Kurumba Maldives in 1972, this was shortly followed by Meeru Island Resort & Spa. Over the years, Euro-Divers has expanded its operation and built a solid reputation and brand name regarding safety standards, working conditions, and service philosophy in the Maldives and now worldwide.

Euro-Divers now operates 11 dive centres in the Maldives, 2 in Egypt, 2 in Mauritius, 2 in Spain, 1 in Oman, 1 in Thailand, and 1 in Japan. Their mission is to provide world-class diving, water sports, and excursions, giving clients access to the best locations in the world in a safe, friendly, and professional manner.

“Diving with friends” and “having fun together” has always been, and will remain, their philosophy. Over the years, Euro-Divers has built a strong community of repeater guests who enjoy a 15% repeater discount.

For the 50th Anniversary, the Euro-Divers team has created an incredible program with ‘special weeks’ in the different Maldives’ islands. Browse their Event Calendar here.

There will also be an online underwater photography competition from 1st March – 31st May 2022. Stay connected with their social media platforms for more details as information is released: on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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