What Does the Future Hold for Malagasy Coastal Communities?
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Traditional fisheries in Madagascar provide the main source of livelihood for over 100,000 fishermen from 1250 communities along 5,000 kms of coast. The fishery provides 50% of the Malagasy fish catch and supplies 70% of the fish locally consumed. Despite this, the sector is not recognised officially, and is marginalised from mainstream national economic development. Since 1995 a group of Malagasy NGOs, supported by European NGOs, have been drawing public attention – both locally and internationally – to this situation. Over the last 6 years they have carried out a number of programmes both locally and internationally. These have involved studying and documenting the traditional sector, organising formal meetings between representatives from traditional fishing communities and policy makers, and lobbying the Malagasy Government and European Union Member States to include traditional fisheries in their development initiatives.
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