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Reef Fish Resources Survey in the Maldives-BOBP/WP/64








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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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    Review of the Beche De Mer (Sea Cucumber) Fishery in the Maldives-BOBP/WP/79 1992
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    This paper is a review of the beche de mer (sea cucumber) fishery in the Maldives. The review was undertaken in view of the potential of the fishery for further development as well as the vulnerability of the resource to uncontrolled exploitation. Data and information for the review were gathered in the Maldives during a one month period in May/June 1991. The review was carried out by a Programme Officer of the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP). Assistance received by him, from Mr. Hassan Maniku Maizan (Director of Fisheries Research and Development in Male) and Dr. R.C. Andersson, FAO/BOBP Fishery Biologist, in overall planning of the study, from Mr. Hassan Shakeel (Fishery Resources Officer of the Marine Research Section, Male), in logistics and interpretation, from Mr. Abdullah Waiz (of the Marine Research Section, Male), in the collection of information from exporters, from Mr. Ahmed Hafiz (of the Marine Research Section, Male) and from numerous fishermen and exporters, in the provi sion of information, is gratefully acknowledged. The review and this paper which reports on it have been sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme and were executed by the Bay of Bengal Programme.
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    Exploratory Fishing for Large Pelagic Species in the Maldives - BOBP/REP/46 1990
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    This paper discusses the aims, methodology and findings of the project “Exploratory tuna fishing in the Maldives” TCP/MDV/6651(1). It was established in 1987 as part of a TCP (technical cooperation) agreement between the FAO and the Government of Maldives. The project was completed in December 1988. The project was executed by the Marine Research Station of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries with some support from the BOBP (Bay of Bengal Programme for Fisheries Development). Und er the project, exploratory surveys were carried out by the vessel Matha Hari. Despite limited fishing operations, useful information was obtained on the status of pelagic fish stocks, and on the feasibility of operating multi-day gillnet-cum-longline offshore fishing trips Data were also obtained on offshore tuna and sharks. The BOBP is a regional fisheries programme that covers seven countries around the Bay of Bengal - Bangladesh,-India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thail and. It strives for the socio-economic betterment of small scale fisherfolk communities in the region by developing, demonstrating and promoting new ideas or techniques, new technologies, methodologies or systems to help smallscale fisherfolk.

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