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  • Change is the only constant in life… Thanks to a wind of change, Anny Mabuku, a 32-year-old fish trader, found her calling and decided to expand her skills to make more money. Here is the inspiring story of a woman who can now live happily, by fishing and by gardening. Toiling [...]

  • Fishing in the Luangwa River has been less and less fruitful over the years – the Zambian border is being nearly depleted. Elizabeth Chileshe is a 30 year old woman who managed to overcome this problematic situation thanks to… a piece of land! Here’s an overview of her inspiring journey. Learning [...]

  • “No deal, no fish”... This is a generally accepted axiom within the fishing communities in Zambia. The deal? A sexual transaction, solicited by fishermen, to women who want to buy fish. No other option Fish is a natural and highly nutritional source of food for people living along the Zambian riverbanks. [...]

  • Adam Mohammed is a senior fisherman from Dongonab community – which lies on the northern coast of the Red Sea, Sudan – who manages three fishing boats. Here is the story of how the ECOFISH Program has completely changed the course of his life. Today, Adam Mohammed can proudly catch about [...]

  • In the absence of legislations, recreation and sports fishing boats can fish around FADs and compete with the artisanal fishers who depend on catches for a living. PHOTO : Stephane Bellerose @ UNDP Mauritius Over the past 50 years, the global production of fish and seafood has quadrupled. In 2017, the [...]

  • Mauritius and Rodrigues have respectively 1,900 and 1,100 artisanal fishermen. In recent decades, these traditional lagoon fishers have faced great challenges, including the steady decline of marine and coastal ecosystems. To earn a living, some artisanal fishers now venture out of the lagoon where they can explore waters high in fish resources, but [...]

  • How does one fish efficiently and sustainably? Although this question has long been overlooked by the inhabitants of Litoya, in the west of Zambia, it is vital to young Muwela. Born in 1987, his life has changed considerably since the Community Fisheries Committee (CPC) visited his village.  Until recently, many teenagers, including [...]

  • This is exactly what the small-scale fishers of Kafue and Luangwa regions have been doing since the capacity-building exercises provided by ActionAid Zambia, with support from the European Union through the ECOFISH Programme. Overview. Honing their skills Figure 1: Community Sensitisation meeting As the adage states: “Knowledge is Power”. [...]

  • It all started in Mozambique, in the community of Nhambando. As a child, Xavier Tatamo learnt to swim on the banks of the Cahora Bassa reservoir. Ever since, he has developed a strong interest in fishing. Fast forward to today, he is a 58 year-old fisherman and a proud owner of a [...]

  • Nature blossoms in many beautiful ways and our marine biodiversity is no exception. Unfortunately, human activity may often hinder the natural ecosystem and cause its downfall. Excessive fishing, for instance, is endangering the supply of fishes – a very valuable natural resource, especially in small villages in African countries. Finding solutions… [...]

  • Have you ever wondered what tomorrow is made of? Even if you do not know what the future holds, you can surely try building it in the best way possible. It is with this mindset that Inocência Fazbem now plans hers. Born and raised in the Province of Tete in Mozambique, [...]

  • Raste Guibissone’s story shows that ECOFISH’s activities provide fishermen with greater flexibility to negotiate the price of their products in Cahora-Bassa and Magoe districts, in Mozambique. Raste Guibissone, 23 years old, is married and has two children. He has been working as a fisherman since 5 years ago in the village [...]

  • "No, the visitors are also paddling!” This is Calvin talking to the Chairperson of Nsundwa fisheries reserves over the phone. "We are struggling to get our heavy 6 m aluminium boat through the floodplains of the Zambezi region. The water is too shallow and the engine is unable to run... we [...]

  • C3 Madagascar’s grassroots approach to marine conservation has always been centered around educating and raising awareness from a young age, and this has led to the creation of the Junior Ecoguards network in the schools of key coastal communities. Since 2009, C3 Madagascar works in the North of the island, identified [...]

  • Numbers speak louder than words… This is why the introduction of a charter for fisheries management, inspired by factual studies of Lake Tanganyika, seems like a great idea to reduce the impacts of illegal fishing practices there. Overview… Figure 1: A bunch of illegal gears observed in Zambia during the [...]

  • On the banks of the Zambezi – the fourth largest river in Africa – lies Wanyau, a small village in Zambia. The vast expanses of water and swamps surrounding the village set a conducive environment for fishing and growing vegetables... It is therefore not surprising that fishing is the main activity [...]

  • "Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you." As this African adage aptly points out, a community can deal with different challenges when uniting forces. Mr. Sinyungu Evans Makandauko firmly believes it. He is a citizen of the Sesheke District in southern Zambia and leads a [...]

  • Located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Lake Kariba is the fourth largest lake in Africa and among the largest man-made lakes in the world. While it once thrived with many species of fish, this vast expanse of water is now suffering from a depletion of its resources… The main [...]

  • Over 7,000 families, scattered in Ethiopia and particularly Kenya, depend on pastoral activities and fishing around Lake Turkana. They are proud and protective of this ecosystem, which is the 4th largest lake in Africa and the largest desert lake in the world. However, these populations are not using the full wealth [...]

  • Figure 1: SFC Capacity Assessment “We have good hope for the future thanks to the lessons we have learnt… We are now ready to support and guide our community towards better management of marine resources for their benefits”, states the fisher committee secretary of Michamvi in Zanzibar. More than [...]

  • The traditional livelihood strategy of the indigenous community of Red Sea State, Sudan–which mainly consisted of livestock rearing and agriculture–, has been undermined by the impact of drought and conflict. It is no longer adequate to ensure household food security. ​The massive loss of resources that people experienced during the [...]

  • A little progress each day adds up to big results… Djohani Mairrosse, a man who shaped his life from the ground up, perfectly epitomizes this adage. At 58, this man keeps himself as busy as a bee to support his four wives and ten children. With the dream to save enough [...]