Sustenance of the Oceans
The Maldives, an archipelagic nation steeped in a rich fishing tradition, has long relied on the blessings of the sea for sustenance. For generations, Maldivians have utilised traditional fishing techniques, such as pole and line and hand nets, to harvest fish in a manner that respects the delicate balance of the marine ecosystems.
In recent years, the Maldives has redoubled its efforts to ensure that its fishing practices remain sustainable. The country has established protected marine areas and encouraged responsible fishing practices to safeguard the health of the fish populations and the oceanic environment. These measures serve to preserve the time-honoured fishing culture of the Maldives while ensuring that the seas will continue to provide for generations to come. Join ‘From the Sea to the Skillet’ to learn about the sustainable methods of fishing and the significance of Tuna in Maldivian cuisine.
A Warm Welcome
Upon arrival at the private sandbank, you will be welcomed with the sounds of boduberu music, the ancient traditional music of the Maldivians. The boduberu and the allure of an oasis amidst the crystalline waters sets the tone for a lively and engaging session. Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company Limited (MIFCO) will take you on a culinary journey with an in-depth explanation of the history of fishing in The Maldives, with a highlight on tuna, the mainstay of Maldivian cuisine. Participants will learn how the method of fishing in The Maldives, pole and line, is an exemplary method of sustainable fishing that can be replicated across the world.
Participants will also have the opportunity to watch traditional fish-filleting skills and learn about the local techniques that have been passed through generations.
A culinary journey is not complete without experiencing the unique flavour of the delicious side of life. Participants will try fresh local short eats, paired with a piping hot black Maldivian-style tea.
Learn the Skills
One of the highlights of this breakout session is the cooking class where participants can learn to make some of the most prized Maldivian dishes, including mashuni, rihaakuru dhiya, maskurolhi, and other beloved signature Maldivian dishes. Under the guidance of a skilled chef, participants will learn about the ingredients and techniques that make Maldivian cuisine so fresh and special.
To take home a piece of this unique culinary experience, participants will also receive a special culinary-themed gift basket. The session ends with some relaxing time in the turquoise waters surrounding the golden powder-soft private sandbank.
The workshop is a unique opportunity to learn about the sustainable fishing practices and local culinary traditions that make Maldivian cuisine so unique, all while enjoying the beautiful scenery and crystal-clear waters of the Maldives. There has probably never been a more beautiful location for a workshop!
Fishing has always been a part of the Maldivian lifestyle. In addition to being a primary food source, it was also the primary source of income for island communities. The practices of small-scale fishing - feed the family, then the community, and export the excess - personifies the elements of sustainable fisheries in the Maldives.