On World Oceans Day, BLUE’s Maldives Resilient Reefs project launches #FishForTomorrow in the Maldives. The campaign aims to familiarise Maldivian people with species found on coral reefs that are vulnerable to overexploitation and to educate citizens on how to fish responsibly – to make sure we all have Fish for Tomorrow.
Listen to our podcast on the campaign here:
This campaign is particularly timely as COVID-19 has resulted in a loss of jobs in the Maldives. Now, with less income and with more spare time on their hands, many Maldivians have turned to fishing for food, income and leisure. Unfortunately, it has become clear that some remain unaware of the vulnerability of species like giant clams and groupers.
Ali Shareef, Laamu Research Assistant says: “Fishing is a way of life for us, but if we don’t fish in the right way, we could end up destroying our own reefs that we depend on so heavily for coastal protection, food and income.”
Running for four weeks, #FishForTomorrow aims to educate Maldivians why vulnerable species populations need careful management. Vivienne Evans, Blue Marine Foundation’s International Project Manager says: “Most of us wouldn’t believe that a coral reef fish can live longer then a leopard but many of them do. Yet we exploit fish on astronomical scales by comparison. We can’t keep fishing in this way.”
Join our campaign. Get involved and learn about the reef by playing the interactive game: www.fishfortomorrow.maldivesresilientreefs.com/play
Or find out more by visiting the landing page: www.fishfortomorrow.maldivesresilientreefs.com
Show your support for the campaign by sharing the hashtag #FishForTomorrow.
Follow Maldives Resilient Reefs on social media to stay up to date with the campaign:
- Facebook: @maldivesresilientreefs
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- Twitter: @resilientreefs