On 4th February, the popular dive spot Farikede Faru in Fuvahmulah was declared as a protected area by President Ibu Solih.
During the Cabinet sitting held on Tuesday morning at the President’s Office, the Ministry of Environment presented a paper that led to discussions on granting protected area status to the eco rich site.
The dive spot is best known for an area on a rocky limestone plateau known as Thresher Point, named after two species of thresher sharks that frequent the area. Other marine life commonly seen in the area include whale sharks, ocean sunfish (Mola Mola) and oceanic manta rays (Manta birostris).
Earlier on 15 June 2019, the government had declared 11 eco-rich sites in Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani and Noonu Atolls as protected areas.