Posted on 17 July 2018
Fishermen from the village of Ambakivao, in the Tsiribihina Delta, have organized themselves into a cooperative in order to sell crab and shrimp. With 13 active members, their cooperative aspires to make Ambakivao known in western Madagascar as a sustainable fishing area for crab and shrimp.
Thanks to WWF support, the cooperative’s 13 fishermen have drawn up a two-year business plan. They plan to supply crab and shrimp to collectors each week, and will invest in ice bins to transport the seafood to Belo Sur Tsiribihina, the collection point. Their ultimate goal is to produce between 200kg and 300kg of shrimp for collectors every week during the high season.
This is not an opportunity to be missed, according to Armand, a fisherman in the village of Ambakivao. “Together,” he says, “we can offer more in terms of quantity. This is beneficial for collectors who buy in large quantities, and every fisherman can benefit from it too” The next step for them? To meet with regional and natural collectors such as Copefrito, Sopemo, or Madafish, at the Regional Crab Workshop in Morondava, July 26th
All fishermen are members of the “Lovainjafy” community (translates as “to the future generations”), which manages 2935 ha of mangroves around the village. Working towards the conservation of mangroves, ecological restoration, solar electrification, and honey production, they are a shining example of sustainable and successful management!