Gov’t warns against unauthorized studies in Maldives’ territorial waters

Pole and line fishermen land skip jack tuna in the Maldives. Pole and line fishing is a selective, sustainable and equitable method of catching tuna. | Photo: Fisheries Ministry

Malé, Maldives – The Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture has advised against exploring the Maldivian waters without permission.

The Fisheries Ministry said in a statement yesterday that some people are studying on the fisheries, the sea area and marine life without permission. The ministry further added that some parties have applied for government permission and are conducting studies without getting permission.

According to the statement, under the Marine Research Regulations, an application for permission to conduct a marine and marine life study must be submitted to the ministry two months in advance. It is prohibited to do so without such permission.

If any party is doing a sea and marine life study, they should seek the permission of the ministry through the portal, the statement said.