Maldives Marine Research Institute and Blue Prosperity Maldives collaboratively have begun research on the seas of the Maldives.
The research that will be continued successively was initiated in Hulhumale’. The Minister of Fisheries said that the researchers would travel various areas of the Maldives in 26 days to conduct the research. To inaugurate the trip, Minister of Fisheries Zaha Waheed visited the expedition ship “Carpe Diem” and met with the participants.
The Maldives joined Blue Prosperity Coalition under an agreement signed between the Maldives and the Coalition in the 74th General Assembly Line of the UN. Under the agreement, assistance will be provided to develop and grow a Blue Economy in the Maldives, and a Marine Spatial Plan will be developed.
The Minister said the Spatial Plan would play an imperative role in articulating an environmentally friendly blue development policy.
Scientists and some NGOs that conduct marine research of the Maldives participated in the expedition that was commenced yesterday. As per the information provided by the Ministry of Fisheries, a large scale survey will be conducted representing all the atolls of the Maldives.
Moreover, under the Coalition there will be another trip in various periods of the year to the north and south of the Maldives and essential information will be collected from deep seas and shallow lagoons of the Maldives. Hence, based on the information Marine Spatial Plan will be developed that will aid the policy needed to create a blue economy, said the Ministry.