During her time as a Blue Ventures volunteer, Amanda Millin visited the village of Tampolove in southwest Madagascar. Whilst there, she gained first-hand experience of the community aquaculture programme, and helped in the building of sea cucumber pens.
Since returning from her expedition, Amanda has written a piece for Global Aquaculture Alliance about how this initiative is pioneering new approaches to aquaculture, and supporting the livelihoods of impoverished coastal communities.
“On upscale menus across China, where they command a premium as an aphrodisiac, sea cucumbers are often unappetizingly labeled sea slugs. Half a world away, in Madagascar where they are fondly referred to as zanga, these curious echinoderms are produced in shallow sea waters rich with nutrients. Farming them is changing people’s lives, giving rural workers a potential pathway out of poverty.”
Read the full Global Aquaculture Alliance article: Sea cucumber project redefining traditional farming in Madagascar
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