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Maldivian Democratic Party drafts proposal for Sri Lanka fish exportation

30 January 2019, MVT 15:28
Fishermen of GA.Gemanafushi pictured at sea. PHOTO: GEMANAFUSHI MASVERIN/FACEBOOK
30 January 2019, MVT 15:28

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has prepared a draft for the upcoming Parliament session, proposing a plan for Maldivian fishing vessels to directly sell fish to the Sri Lankan market.

According to the proposal, Maldives is ready to present the draft to the Sri Lankan government in order to reach terms of the agreement.

It was one of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s pledges to find a way to directly sell Maldivian fish to overseas markets.

The draft will deny the provision of licences to foreign fishing boats in the Maldivian sea, allowing local fishermen to directly sell fish abroad instead.

Maldives promotes sustainable fishing with the prohibition of fishing nets, and protects endangered species such as sharks and turtles. Furthermore, the draft proposes to authorize permits to buy and export raw fish from Maldives.

Moreover, in order to raise the price of tuna in the global market, the government plans to mark the areas of tuna which will make it possible to successfully fish in new areas. In addition, the MDP’s plan proposes to establish small-scale fish processing plants that can be installed in houses.