Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture on Sunday launched the two-day Fishermen's Forum in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale', as part of its preparatory activities leading up to the Fishermen's Day celebrations on December 10.
According to the Ministry, the main objective of the day is to recognise fishermen, their families and the industry as a whole, for their contributions to advance the sector.
As part of its efforts to celebrate fishermen, the Ministry held a pole and line fishing expedition for youth on Friday, as well as the 'Fisheries Expo'. Moreover, the government, in partnership with the private sector, is preparing to host a fish gutting and fillet competition on Monday.
Although the contributions of the fisheries industry to the GDP of Maldives has declined over the years, the sector remains a major source of employment for Maldivians. Fish products are the main exports of the country.