DW recently published a piece about the impacts of declining fish stocks and climate change on coastal communities in Madagascar, and the alternative livelihoods that these communities are turning to as fishing becomes unsustainable.
In Tampolove, a small village in the south of Madagascar, where people’s diet consists mainly of fish and rice, fishers have started farming seaweed.
With the support of Blue Ventures, a UK-based marine conservation group, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the University of Toliara, the village has started to grow seaweed for the European market.
In the last few years, the community has also begun testing the cultivation of sea cucumbers (Holoturia scabra), and of elkhorn sea moss (Kappaphycus alvarezii). Sea moss is a type of red algae, from which carrageenan – a gel used in the food and cosmetic industry – is extracted.
Algae farming is proving a success in the village; production has risen from 13 tons in 2013 to 187 tons in 2016. “And we expect to reach 250 tons this year,” said community leader Badouraly.
Read the full article: No more fish? We’ll farm seaweed instead