Tuna holds a special place in the hearts of Maldivians, and it is an essential aspect of their culinary culture. Whether you visit the Maldives or interact with locals, you will quickly realize their deep affection for this fish, which has been a beloved delicacy for generations.
Aside from being a staple ingredient in countless Maldivian dishes, tuna also holds significant economic importance in the country. Fishing, alongside the tourism industry, stands as one of the largest sectors contributing to the Maldives' revenue. For many households, fishing has been a traditional means of livelihood and a primary source of income for generations. Even today, a considerable number of islanders continue to rely on fishing to sustain their households economically.
As the popularity of the Maldivian fishing industry grows, so does the significance of its development. With an increasing number of visitors and outsiders discovering sustainable fishing practices in the Maldives, the country has gained recognition for its ability to deliver exceptional and fresh tuna, as well as other fish products.
In an effort to bring about the much-needed development in order to sustain the popularity of the Maldivian fishing industry and its products, the President of the Maldives has recently announced the current administration’s plans to kickstart the Addu fisheries complex expansion project in July 2023. This fisheries complex is operated in Addu Atoll Hulhumeedhoo by the Government run company Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO) which plays a large part in the export and import as well as the production of various fish products in the Maldives.
These developments go hand in hand with the development projects which are to be carried out at the Gan International Airport which is located in Addu City as the plans to expand the fisheries business in Addu go hand-in-hand with the airport development project as well.
According to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, with the development of the airport, it would become easier for the Southern islands of the Maldives to transport fish to Male’ City which will in turn make it easier to export and distribute fresh fish to other parts of the world. One of the biggest roles in the airport development project that will progress the plans to expand the fisheries industry in Addu city is going to be the plans to develop a cold storage cargo facility, which will help keep the fish fresh as well as make the exportation and transportation process easier and cheaper.
"This will lead to cost reduction and shorten the logistical route, resulting in faster revenue generation. The physical work to expand the brine fisheries capacity from 50 tons to 100 tons will commence in July," President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.