Shark Fishing officially banned in Maldives. The story, the facts…

Shark Fishing officially banned in Maldives. The story, the facts…


The question of shark protection in Maldives is not from yesterday but started more than 10 years ago…

Shark in Maldives lagoon
Baby shark in Maldives Lagoon | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

We estimate that app. 800 000 tons  of sharks are fished or massacred around the World per Year.

Indian Ocean and Pacific are the main sources of this activity.

In Maldives, shark fishing was first done to take the oil of shark livers in order to maintain boats.

Shark eating is not in the local food tradition.

Shark fishing has widely and rapidly developed itself to answer to the huge request from many known Asiatic countries. Along years, the activity became a very lucrative fishing industry, after tuna fishing in Maldives.

But sharks are also one of the main reasons for several thousands of visitors to stay in Maldives.

Shark observation is an extraordinary asset and  attraction of the Maldivian islands that has brought millions to the Maldivian government.

This major income together with the slow and terrible disappearance of sharks ( sharks are considered as near extinct species ) brought Maldivian Authorities to face the problem and wonder about it, since the beginning of 90’s with requests for scientific surveys on the subject.

As a matter of fact, sharks were already protected in Maldives, but only in a delimited area -app.7 atolls- decided according to levels of tourist frequentation. But as good and praiseworthy was the decision ( a few countries participate to shark survival), the  zone of protection was still very small in comparison to the total size of the Maldivian archipelago.

After almost 15 years of negotiations, petitions, scientific surveys, foundations of shark rescue groups and protestations, the Maldives belong since yesterday,  March 01st 2010,  to the (too) small group of countries that entirely protect sharks.

It is now official : Shark fishing is forbidden everywhere in Maldives !

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I am Rozenn, Dreaming of Maldives writer and editor. Sakis, my partner in life, is the photograher behind most of the images you will see here. We travel to the Maldives several times a year for journeys that can vary from 1 week to several months. We created Dreaming of Maldives “The Blog” as an extension of the webite of the same name to make you discover the Maldives in the most complete and different way as possible. This blog is a place to dream. It is mainly aimed to share with you our long time experience and Emotions of travelling in the marvelous and so unique Maldives… PLEASE ...NEVER STOP DREAMING . Dreamfully Yours. Rozenn. Carpe Diem.

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    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      Hello DJ ! We hope that TV’s and divers will keep educating people on this matter. The way is still long but yet better than 10 years ago.
      Thank you for passing by ,
      Have a great day,

  1. Colin

    Well done everyone associated with the banning of shark fishing in the Maldives. You have set a great example for many other countries to follow.


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