ex aqua – Sustainable Ocean Farming on Madagascar

The Toliara region in southwest Madagascar is one of the poorest regions in the world. In Ifaty, a small fishing village in the Bay of Ranobe, the locals also suffer from the consequences of declining fish stocks. Due to unsustainable fishing methods in the region, the livelihood of over 300 fishermen in the village is…

A spongy success story from Zanzibar

By Nuri M. Steinmann. Christian Vaterlaus and Connie Sacchi from Switzerland wanted to start over and begin a new life. They have done so in a quite bizarre way: They became sponge farmers. In Zanzibar they try to battle poverty, provide sustainable jobs and raise awareness for local marine conservation issues by cultivating sponges. It’s…