The first batch of groupers cultivated by farmers in A. Dh. Mahibadhoo is ready for shipment to the Dutch capital Amsterdam to be put up for auction.
Mahibadhoo is home to the first pilot project to culture groupers in Maldives, launched in January to diversify the Maldivian fisheries sector.
The project is community-based, and will test the feasibility of cultivating groupers in floating cages as a source of livelihood, and the development of the mariculture sector and the economy in general.
With the first batch of groupers cultivated by farmers from Mahibadhoo now ready for export, the project is scheduled to be expanded to other islands in A. Dh. Atoll.
Fisheries Minister Zaha Waheed has stated that she was pleased to the cultured groupers ready for shipment to Amsterdam.
She wished for success in marketing the groupers, and said that she looks forward to more successful shipments of cultured groupers.
Groupers cultivated in Mahibadhoo are taken to the Fenfushi Mariculture Island in R. Atoll, where they are grown and made ready for export overseas.
The first batch is expected to be shipped out to Amsterdam in November.
The Fenfushi Mariculture Island hopes to reach commercial scale output by May 2021.