Maldivian Culture

A POLICY OF DESTRUCTION - From 'The Maldive Islanders' by Xavier Romero-Frias

This is the final chapter of Xavier Romero-Frias' "The Maldive Islanders".   With the direction the Maldives appears to be heading in, it is perhaps even more relevant now than when it was first written. If you wanted to know why so little is done to preserve Maldivian culture and heritage, this is why. 

A POLICY OF DESTRUCTION - From 'The Maldive Islanders' by Xavier Romero-Frias

One Year On - Celebrate Moyameeha's life by reading some of his earliest works #FindMoyameehaa

A year has passed and Ahmed Rilwan AKA @moyameeha is still missing. Much has happened since in the Maldivian political spectrum, but absolutely no real progress seems to have been made on his whereabouts or the people behind his abduction. The Maldivian Police remains silent, and the government even more so. 

One Year On - Celebrate Moyameeha's life by reading some of his earliest works #FindMoyameehaa

The Sustainable Fishing Practices of Dhivehi Reef Fishermen (and how the resort industry is screwing them over).

During my time at the Marine Research Centre of the Maldives as a research trainee, I was fortunate enough to go along on one of their reef-fish tagging expeditions to Baa Atoll in February of 2009.

We would go out with the fishermen on their fishing trips during which we would record the daily catch, tag specimens and retrieve tags from specimens which had been released earlier.

We would almost always leave in the early twilight hours and would often not return until it was nearly midnight; dropping off hundreds of kilos of fish to one of the many resorts in the atoll.

For me the most interesting part about all this was not how they catch tons of fish with their hands, instead of nets or rods, or even how they get paid next to nothing by greedy resort operators (more on that later in this article), it was how they would almost always start off the cycle with nothing.

The Sustainable Fishing Practices of Dhivehi Reef Fishermen (and how the resort industry is screwing them over).