Sustainable fishing methods
There are fishing methods that can harm the environment and whose practice can seriously harm not only the natural fish’s habitat but also can endanger some species. Those methods can include explosives, trawls, poisons and even toxic products that are used by boats and machinery to increase their energy and efficiency by using lethal combustibles.
However, there are methods especially conceived to ensure the longevity and preservation of the fishes’ natural habitats such as the trawling, longline, asas and traps and the hook and line method. In these cases, the quality of the fish and the protection of the seabed are insured, by also avoiding overfishing.
The trawling allows to avoid captures of some selected overexploited fish species or small fish.
The longline consists in a series of hooks, also called branches or strokes that come from a principal line, in which the bait is attached and that are joined by regular intervals.
The nasas and traps are usually placed at the bottom and can appear isolated or in line form. They are attached by capes and are usually used to catch octopus or lobsters.
The hook and line are one of the most famous methods of sustainable fishing, and the least aggressive with the ecosystem. There are different types of hooks and rods, such as mechanical or manual reels, and can use kite fishing or live bait.
Sustainability has been a reality for over 20 years for us and we are fully compromised with international companies and initiatives that ensure the maintenance of our oceans and its ecosystems. Compliance with legislation and current regulations is a basic condition to be able to lead a Sustainable Fisheries process.
What we do
We operate in Maldives trough small from hand-line operated by artisan fishermen who knows the terrain and are mindful of the seasons, the environment as well as the rules established by the European Union concerning catch certificates and health standards. Our fishing technique is called artisanal “pole & line”.
Furthermore, our gear is composed of a rigid pole of 2 to 3 m and a strong short line with a feathered jig on a barbless hook, which is meant to caught only a series os specimen without hurting others or their marine environment. This pole is manually held by a fisherman who stands on a platform running along the rear of the vessel which is also called bait boat.
This method is the most sustainable since it essentially eliminates by-catch of other species that might be endangered such as sharks or turtles.