Overfishing of the seas continues to rise – despite fishing quotas, protected areas and the fact that drag nets are increasingly banned. What we are lacking is action that will protect our seas’ ecosystem as a whole. And ways of enabling fisherfolk to fish sustainably and earn a living.
Using the fishing rod in the Maldives
One of the most sustainable ways of catching tuna is the classic fishing rod. It avoids both bycatch and overfishing. But fisherfolk first need to learn how to use the method effectively. The Migros Pioneer Fund has therefore helped to set up a Fishermen’s Community & Training Centre on the Maldives It aims to promote the traditional, less damaging way of fishing for tuna in the Maldives and also improve the job prospects of young fishers.
The centre is helping the tuna fishing industry in the Maldives to continue operating as efficiently and safely as possible, while minimising its impact on the resource. Local fisherfolk receive free training on fishing with a rod. They learn about quality aspects, marine biodiversity, how sustainable various methods of fishing are, as well as also safety on board and boat engine maintenance.
Additional project now in Indonesia
The Migros Pioneer Fund has also become involved in sustainable fishing in Indonesia. The aim is to make fishing with rod and bait more efficient and sustainable, so that the tuna stocks in the region can receive MCS certification. MSC stands for Marine Stewardship Council: only fish or seafood products that bear the MSC logo come from a controlled and sustainable, certified fishery.
Sustainable tuna fishing
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