At the end of the day, we have nowhere else to go—we have to ensure the sustainability of our stocks. Fishing boats can go to other oceans. We can’t. We don’t have that luxury. So we are here to stay, and therefore we are here to ensure that the resources in our waters are protected for the welfare of our people.
Maldives has a strong position in the Indian Ocean, so we are using that to advocate and to try and implement sustainability. Ultimately I hope there is more good in the world than bad in the world; we will win through.
It is a good thing that the Seafood Champion Awards are there, so that people can look at what we’ve done and say “hey, I can do this.” And hopefully it will inspire people to make the same choices in different areas and push themselves, take those challenges and improve the fishery.
You don’t have to convince anybody in our business that this is the right thing to do…everybody gets it. It’s just making sure we’ve got a healthy planet and food security going forward. Let’s get the ball running now because the alternative might be doing nothing, and that’s not acceptable to anybody. We’re not afraid of tackling the hard stuff.
It is an honor to be in the company of the great individuals, companies and organizations who were also nominated this year. It is the outstanding leadership of this year’s winners in promoting environmentally responsible seafood that inspires others to join in the sustainable seafood movement and take responsibility for making positive change.