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    A View from the Beach: Understanding the Status and Needs of Fisherfolk in the Meemu, Vaavu and Faafu Atolls of the Republic of Maldives-BOBP/WP/76 1991
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    This paper summarizes and analyzes the information collected from fisherfolk communities in the Meemu, Vaavu and Faafu Atolls of the Maldives, by the staff of the Extension and Projects Section of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MOFA), Republic of Maldives. The information was gathered as part of an internal exercise of the Extension and Projects Section to help it get acquainted with these atolls, which were the selected target area of a BOBP-sponsored subproject to assist MOFA to de velop a fisheries extension service, to build rapport with the fisherfolk and to get a working understanding of their socio-economic status, the dynamics of their communities and their needs and concerns. The document is intended for the day-to-day use of the extension staff in generating objectives, prioritizing actions and in guiding and facilitating their work, It is not a benchmark study representative of the situation prevailing in the country as a whole. The information was collected in a series of participatory rapid appraisals and community focus group discussions undertaken by Aminath Zaheera, Aminath Latheefa, Abdulla Jaufar, Adam Maniku and Shereen Nahida of the Extension and Projects Section and Ahmed Naseer of the Woridview International Foundation, an NGO, under the direction of N T Hasen Didi, Director, Extension and Projects Section, during the latter half of 1989, and analyzed by them with support from the BOBP.
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    Report Of The Eighteenth Meeting Of The Advisory Committe - BOBP/REP/69
    Furana Fushi, Maldives; April 16-19, 1994
    1994
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    This document records the recommendations of the 18th Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Bay of Bengal Programme for Fisheries Development (BOBP), held 16-19 April 1994, in Furana Fushi, Maldives. The document contains the annual reports (or status reports) of the projects in the Programme. These reports briefly recapitulate the objectives and status of the activities, describe the work and achievements during 1993 and assess the progress that was made. Work plans for 1994, where appl icable, have been indicated. The reports were prepared at the end of 1993 and presented to the 18th Meeting of the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed of member countries, agencies funding BOBP projects, and the FAO. The Committee meets once a year in member-countries on a rotational basis. The Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP) is a multiagency regional fisheries programme which covers seven countries around the Bay of Bengal - Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ma ldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Programme plays a catalytic and consultative role: it develops, demonstrates and promotes new technologies, methodologies and ideas to help improve the conditions of small-scale fisherfolk communities in member countries. The BOBP is sponsored by the governments of Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and also by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). The main executing agency is the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
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    Manual Boat Hauling Devices in The Maldives-BOBP/WP/71 1992
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    The Republic of Maldives, where fishing is a major industry, has a fleet of about 5500 traditional fishing craft. Most of them are in the 8-15 m range in length. As these craft, built with local and imported timber, are not coated with antifouling paints or sheathed to protect the timber, they are hauled on to the beach at least once a month for scraping of the hull and application of protective oil. Traditionally, the boats are hauled on to the beach by 50-80 men and women pulling the ends of a rope attached to the stern and the sides of the boat. With labour becoming scarce in the atolls because of migration to tourist resort islands in search of more remunerative work, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Maldives (MOFA) requested the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP) to develop simple low-cost manual hauling devices which would help to reduce the hauling crew. This paper documents the devices developed and the favourable reactions of the local fisherfolk. This paper i s the result of contributions made by MOFA staff, BOBP staff, Varuna Construction and Design Company, Madras, and all those who regularly hauled the boats on to the beach during trials in Madras, and the fisherfolk of the Maldives, both men and women, who participated in the trials.

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