Fishing gear is one of the most dangerous things you can buy and the government has a tough time keeping it out of the hands of those who would harm the environment.
We spoke to experts on the subject, who told us there’s no simple way to prevent people from getting caught with fishing gear and the tools they use to fish it.
Al Jazeera’s Hisham Zaman, reporting from the Maldives, said the Maldivian government’s crackdown has had a major impact on the fishing industry in the country.
“It’s a very tough economy,” he said.
Fishing gear, which is commonly used by people who are not allowed to fish legally, has been blamed for a rise in the spread of diseases in the area.”
The Maldivians are the only country that does not have a fishery management plan, so we’re left with a situation where fishermen who do have the gear are getting caught in the act.”
Fishing gear, which is commonly used by people who are not allowed to fish legally, has been blamed for a rise in the spread of diseases in the area.
The Maldives government has put up a $5,000 bounty on anyone caught fishing with fishing equipment, with a further $5 million to be offered by the National Fisheries Council.
But fishing gear does not always lead to the people caught with it getting caught.
“If you have fishing gear that’s illegal, then you’re going to be arrested and you’re not going to get the bounty,” said Alia Abah, a researcher with the Maldive NGO FishAid.
“The catch will be made to look like the person caught with the fishing gear.
And then you will be charged with a crime.”
Fishermen in the Maldiva are also concerned about the threat of catching disease with fishing gears, because people who use them often do not know what to do if they catch an illness.
Alia Abahs team in the northern Maldives said the disease that has struck the region is linked to people who have fishing equipment that was illegally obtained.
“There are people who used fishing gear for decades, but they just keep fishing, so the disease keeps spreading,” she said.
The problem in the region comes down to how much gear is in the wrong hands.
Fisherman Alia Abuja says that the Maldibans lack the infrastructure to ensure that the equipment that’s used for fishing is not illegally obtained and sold.”
So the catch that happens is not going down to the fishing equipment,” she added.
Fisherman Alia Abuja says that the Maldibans lack the infrastructure to ensure that the equipment that’s used for fishing is not illegally obtained and sold.
Alias Abah and Alia Abdulghani have been tracking down people who sell fishing gear illegally, and the team have been catching people fishing with it.
“They will bring their equipment to the market, then they go to the area and buy fish and the catch is not what they were hoping for,” she explained.
“Sometimes people don’t know what the catch looks like and they don’t have the equipment to do it properly.”
Alia Abujas, a fisherman in the southern Maldives.
Aliya Abdulghania is also a fisherman who has found himself caught up in the problem of illegal fishing equipment.
“We catch a lot of fish in the sea and we catch the fish and they sell it for a price, so they are getting rich,” he told Al Jazeera.
Alya Abdulghanya, a Maldivese fisherman, says that people who want to buy fishing equipment to fish illegally are also finding themselves caught in a catch-22 situation.
“Many fishermen are doing this, but some are not doing it because they have money,” he explained.
“It’s not the money that they need to do this, it’s the gear.”
Fishers in the south of the country, including Alia Abdalla, have also reported that some people have been caught with illegal fishing devices and equipment that is not legal to own.
“People are buying gear from fishermen that they don.
So it’s a problem,” he added.”
Some of the gear is illegal to own and they’re selling it illegally, so it’s making it difficult for them to keep their boats and fishing gear clean.”
Aliya Abdalla in the north of the Maldivas country.
Aliza Abdalla is a fisher who has seen her husband, a fishing equipment dealer, get caught with a fishing gear with the licence plate “CZL”.
Aliza said she and her husband had to call the police after being caught with an illegal fishing device and were told that they were caught with “illegal fishing gear”.
“We got a ticket to pick up the license plate and then they said to us that the license plates are stolen,” she recalled.
“And they said that we were stealing from them.”
The fishing gear was found to be legally bought by a fisherman, and was given to the authorities to be destroyed.
“I think that the authorities need to take action and take measures