Established in year 2015, the National Mariculture Center (NMC) formerly Regional Fisheries Training Center (RFTC) of Panabo is the first national institution in the Philippines dedicated for mariculture development. NMC is mandated to develop and promote an integrated and sustainable mariculture industry in the country. Currently, the Center caters to 42 existing and operational Mariculture Parks/Zone (MP/Z). Eventually NMC will be able to develop as well as accommodate 72 MP/Z all over the country as the projected target number of BFAR. BFAR-NMC priority program, projects and activities for mariculture includes: conduct of consultation, workshops and meetings on mariculture related issues; provide policy recommendations, perform environmental monitoring, provision of related trainings, technology demonstration, production and distribution of information, education, campaign materials on mariculture. Other than the target priority programs, NMC also conducted regular activities in support of the mariculture park development and management to include market monitoring on mariculture produce species, facilitation of market linkages through agri-aqua fair/exhibits, provision of technical assistance on mariculture including access to credit, post harvest, installation of marine fish cages, underwater surveying and water quality monitoring.
Dhivehi Masverin (Maldives Fihsermen) is formed in February 2018 as a non-government organisation in the Maldives. The Associations aims to promote pole and line fishing together with all the related activities of fishing in the Maldives. The Association intends to create awareness in our community and encourage youths to be a part of the industry for sustainable pole and line fishery. Dhivehi Masverin also wishes to update and educate fishermen of the latest technology being used in the fishing industry. The association will provide pole and line fishing updates on a daily basis through the official facebook page; Dhivehi Masverin. The Association will adhere to all laws, regulations and best practices used in the pole and line fishing industry and assist all the government and non-government stakeholders in the fishing community. Dhivehi Masverin is committed to promote sustainable fishing methods to our fishing community and encourage fishermen to exercise environment friendly pole and line fishing in the Maldives. Quote “Since 2015 we have been promoting pole and line fishing in the Maldives through our facebook page. We intend to provide live updates on tuna fishery in the Maldives, promote and create awareness on tuna fishing to encourage youths to be a part of the industry. Pole and line fishing is livelihood for thousands of citizens and we will try to instil fun and entertainment aspect of the industry. We are very delighted to be able to join the International Pole & Line Foundation and we look forward to promote one by one tuna fisheries” - Ahmed Shafiu (President of Dhivehi Masverin NGO)