Pole and line fishing is a selective and sustainable method of catching tuna that has been practised in the Maldives for centuries. This traditional method allows the fishermen to catch tuna one-by-one, making bycatch of other species such as dolphins, sharks and turtles extremely rare, as such it is environmentally friendly and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Around 30% of the Maldives population works in the fishing industry and it is an art passed down through the generations. Fishermen use live bait to attract the tuna and barbless hooks on the end of their poles. Working at the stern of the boat, they pull the fish from the ocean one by one, flipping their catch towards the boat’s bow.
While staying at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa in this nation of more water than land, you have the opportunity to join the fishermen and try your hand at this traditional art, one hook, one line, one fish at a time! The boat crew will be on hand to help land your catch, which is likely to be tuna and bonito. The story continues with Hideaway’s Ocean to Table concept, where you can enjoy your catch for dinner.