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Maldives: Official Partner Country ITB Berlin 2016

Unterwasserwelt Malediven

Fishing –  an essential part of Maldivian way of life

In a country whose surface area is 99 per cent water and that is home to more than 2,000 species of fish, ranging from tiny reef inhabitants to giant manta rays, it is no wonder that the fishing industry plays a particularly important role. For the islands’ inhabitants fishing  is a way of life. The fishermen awake at dawn, collect bait from nearby reefs and begin their working day at sea where they fish with long lines. Nowadays, the fishing sector is the second biggest source of foreign currency after tourism. It generates over 15 per cent of GDP and employs over 30 per cent of the workforce. A large amount of the fresh catches is processed and traded on the bustling market in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Anything that is not sold there goes to the island of Felivaru, where it is canned using modern technology conforming to the latest quality standards and  where the leftovers are used to make animal feed. The goal of the Maldives’ fishing industry is to be as efficient as possible and put its limited resources to maximum use. Naturally, fish is an important part of the local cuisine. Whether smoked, fried or barbecued, fish is appreciated, cooked and eaten in all kinds of  ways. Visitors should definitely try out tuna curry, the Maldives’ national dish. Those who not only enjoy eating fish but  fishing as well can naturally get their money’s worth. Almost every resort offers fishing trips and participants are bound to catch enough within an hour to enjoy an opulent barbecue. For more information go to: Visit Maldives.

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About the Maldives:

  • An area measuring 800 by 130 km, comprising 26 atolls and 1,190 islands, of which over 100 are open to tourism
  • A year-round holiday destination where daytime temperatures average around 30° C
  • Direct flights from Frankfurt/Main and Vienna
  • Holidays in the Maldives means: only one resort per island - complete privacy and calm and no cars. Wherever there is a resort the island’s facilities can be reached on foot
  • Tourism highlights: island hopping, marine wildlife, beaches, outstanding wellness facilities, sunset cruises

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