Event Rules

               

1. The following rules will be interpreted solely by the tournament directors. The directors reserve the right to reject any entry if they feel that it is not in the best interest of the tournament. Any violation of these rules or the laws and regulations of the Maldives Fishing Industry set by Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture shall be reason for disqualification. Failure to read these rules is no excuse.

 

2. ELIGIBILITY: 5 years of age or older with paid entry fee. Contestants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

3. SAFETY & SPORTSMANSHIP: Safety must be observed at all times. All contestants are required to follow the highest degree of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation as well as conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, Maldives Fishing Industry and the sport of tournament fishing. Any words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification. Observe safety requirements for vessels set out by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. (communication, navigation, emergency equipment, etc).

 

4. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught live in a conventional sporting manner.
Pole and Line (Popping, Jigging, etc). Artificial lures may be used. No live bait. Spear Fishing is not allowed.
For more information on General Fisheries Regulation go to this link.

 

5. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Contestants may fish anywhere, except areas designated as "off limits" or "no fishing" by the government. All teams must follow rules and regulations set out in the Environment Protection and Preservation Act to avoid fishing in protected areas.

Grouper aggregation sites are prohibited. See illustrations below.

 

 


 

6. SCORING:

A. For all categories except catch & release, scoring is by a point system. Weight of the fish is multiplied by a factor for different species to earn points. See below chart for calculating points. Our system will automatically calculate the points when weight in KG is entered.



** Protected Giant grouper – Mudu Faana (Epinephelus lanceolatus and Brown-marbled grouper – Kas Faana (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus) is not allowed.
For more information on protected species please see the below link.
General Fisheries Regulation.

 

B. For Catch & Release winner will be chosen by the heaviest catch. The estimated weight of the fish is calculated using a formula. The following measurements are required for submission with evidence using a measuring tape. We suggest to use a flexible soft measuring tape to measure the fish.

a. Fork Length – length from the bottom lip to the tail fork.

b. Girth Length – circumference of the widest part of the body, normally behind the pectoral fin.

Formula:

Estimated Weight = Fork Length x Girth x Girth / Y

Y varies depending on the fish type. See below for Y amount by species.

Accepted Species for Catch and Release;

1.      Giant Trevally (Y=900)

2.      Two Spotted Snapper (Y=800)

3.      Blue Fin Trevally (Y=800)

4.      Dogtooth Tuna (Y=800)

5.      Grouper (Y=800)

6.      Green Job Fish (Y=600)

 

C. KANDUFOARI MASVERIYAA will be chosen by 50% public / audience vote and 50% technical team marks. Each participant will be able to upload maximum 3 submissions (photo with as much details possible including weight in KG). Public/Audience will be able to vote to their favorite MASVERIYAA.

 

D. THAFAATHU MAS for all categories will be selected by the technical team.

 

The Technical Team:
The team consists of one member from the event organizer, 2 independent members, 2 members from the sports fishing industry in Maldives.

 


 

7. CHALLENGE RULE: Under size fish will be challenged and actions will be taken against the team or individual. Check out Grouper Fishery Management Plan and Billfish Fishery Management Plan for more information on Groupers and Billfish size limits.

 

8. FISHING TRIPS: All participants/teams leaving their tournament registered island must report to the tournament island official 1hour before departure and 1hour before arrival. All individuals/teams fishing on their registered island/location must report to the island official before and after fishing session.
All vessels/boats must submit a route report or screenshot of the trip route using (app).

 

9. TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION: If canceled due to reasons of safety, high/low water, weather etc. tournament will be postponed for new dates. Refunds of entry fees will not be given. However, event packages will be delivered to the participants regardless of the tournament being cancelled.

 

10. Safe Release – Best Practice.

 

 

11. KNOWLEDGE OF THESE RULES IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Failure to read these rules or ignorance of these rules is no excuse. Any announcement made by the Tournament Committee during tournament period takes precedence over written rules. These rules may be amended at any time by the Tournament Committee and organizers.