Fishing is not only the lifeblood of the Maldivian economy; it is also a popular pastime among locals as well as visitors. Maldivians enjoy a variety of different types of fishing. The most popular among these in night fishing. The boat leaves the island and anchors at a reef before the sunsets and darkness sets in. the lines are tethered with hooks and sinkers and dropped overboard from both sides of the dhoni. If the fishing is good it gives a lot of excitements to everyone. If not it gives you an excellent opportunity to relax under the night sky as the boat gently rocks with the waves.
Morning fishing or big game fishing involves trolling, usually outside the atoll along the reef. Fishing enthusiasts may prefer to bring their own equipment if they wish to experience the excitement during their visit.Almost all the resorts organize night fishing trips at least once a week. Big game fishing or morning fishing, if not included in the resorts weekly program, may be organized on request.
In spite of the strong growth experienced in the tourism sector, fisheries still remain important to country's economy. The fisheries sector contributed around 10% to GDP in 1999 and employed 20% of the labor force. The economy of atolls outside the tourism zone depends totally on fisheries. The value of fish exports reach over US$ 50 million in 1997 and 1998, however the value of exports in 1999 was just below US$ 40 million. Fish exports comprise of frozen non-reef fish, mainly tuna, canned fish and dried fish. Non-reef frozen fish accounts for about 40% of total earnings from fish exports
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