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Life on Our Reefs - BOBP/MAG/20

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    Reef Fish Resources Survey in the Maldives -Phase II-BOBP/WP/80 1992
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    This paper describes the second phase of a reef fish resources survey carried out in the Maldives and presents preliminary estimates of reef fish densities and maximum potential yields. This follows an earlier phase carried out during 1987-88 in North Male Atoll from the research vessel Faruinas (Van der Knaap et all 991) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture. That first survey phase established that handli.nes and longlines are the best gear for catching Maldivian reef fish, it collected a considerable quantity of information of value for long-terni stock assessment and for potential developers, and it made a first estimate of potential yields from N. Male Atoll. The second phase was conducted in Shaviyani, Alifu and laaniu Atolls during 1989-91. Species compositions and catch rates for the major gear and fishing areas were established, regional and seasonal differences were noted and a considerable quantity of information on the biological characteristics of commercial speci es was collected. Preliminary estimates indicate a maximum potential yield of commercial reef fish (i.e. medium to large snapper, grouper, emperor and reefassociated jack)of the order of 30,000 ± 13,000 t/year. The atoll basins (which constitute by far the largest part of the Maldivian atolls) are identified as having relatively large reef fish resources. The deep reef slopes outside the atolls support some high value species, hut their total potential yield is relatively small. It must, howev er, be noted that the stock assessment presented here is only of a preliminary nature and if the reef fishery is to be expanded, possibilities for which appear to be good, detailed monitoring wifl he required to make a more precise stock assessment. The effort of several persons who worked on this survey need to be acknowledged. The staff of the Marine Research Section, particularly Hussein Shareef, Au Waheed, Ahmed Shareef, Ibrahim Naeem, Hussein Zahir, gave assistance with fieldwork and data compilation. Ali Naeem of MOFA assisted with the installation and the maintenance of electronic equipment on Farumas. The skippers (Yoosuf Idrees, Ibrahim Naseem, Adam Fulhu, Abdul Ghanee) and crew of Farumas cheerfully carried out the fieldwork, often in conditions that were far from ideal. Maizan Hassan Maniku, Lars Engvall, K. Sivasubramaniam, Martin Van der Knaap, Janne Fogeigren and Michel Kulbicki contributed by making useful comments on an early draft of this report. Constructive comment s were also received from Drs. Daniel Pauly and Jeffrey Polovina.
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    Reef Fish Resources Survey in the Maldives-BOBP/WP/64 1991
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    This paper describes exploratory fishing trials carried out for over a year (1986-87) in the reefs of North Male Atoll in the Maldives.The aim was to assess the potential for reef fish in the Maldives and study the possibilities of developing a viable reef fish fishery. The paper provides preliminary information on various reef fish species, their abundance and rates of exploitation, and the the relative efficiency of various fishing gear that can tap the reef fish resource. The trials were conducted in co-operation with the Ministry of Fisheries, Maldives, using a modified dhoni as survey vessel.Some staff were provided by the Ministry’s marine research section, while the FAO made available the services of a masterfisherman and a fisheries biologist. The exploratory reef fish project, and this paper which reports on it, were fuaded by the UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme), and carried out for the FAO by the BOBP or the Bay of Bengal Programme for Fisheries Developm ent. The BOBP began in 1979 and covers seven countries around the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Its main goals are to develop, demonstrate and promote new ideas, technologies or methodologies to improve the conditions of small-scale fisherfolk in the region.
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    Fisheries Extension Services in the Maldives - BOBP/REP/62 1994
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    This report describes the progress, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to give directions for the development of a fisheries extension service aimed at the artisanal fisherfolk of the Maldives. The subproject was cleared by the Government of Maldives (GOM) in December 1988 and was initiated in three target atolls - Meemu, Vaavu and Faafu - in April 1989. The subproject focused on building awareness among the fisherfolk and began a consultative process with them that wo uld pave the way for a community-based management of the country’s coral reef resources. The Bay of Bengal Programme’s involvement in the activities came to an end in December 1993 and the subproject was handed over to the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MOFA) of the Government of Maldives. MOFA was responsible for the extension component of the subproject. The Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP) provided technical assistance, expertise, training inputs, support for training and some equi pment, besides monitoring the project’s progress. 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, Maldives, Shri 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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