How scientists and local knowledge are helping to protect Madagascar's fishing community

A man travels in a boat to fish waters on the outskirts of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo.

There are many small-scale traditional fishers in Madagascar. Image: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Malavika Vyawahare
Madagascar staff reporter, International news
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Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy during her first visit to a locally managed marine area (LMMA) in 2015.
Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy catching a squid. Image: Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy
Madagascar on a map.
Tree cover of Madagascar. Image: Mongabay
At a national forum for fishers organized by Mihari.
National forum for fishers organized by Mihari, helps fishers get their points across. Image: Mihari
Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy during a mangrove planting exercise.
Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy left Mihari to co-found INDRI. Image: Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy

Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy’s first encounter with small scale fishers in 2015.
Small-scale fishers part of MIHARI. Image: Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy

LMMA representatives taking part in a march during the national forum for fishers organized by Mihari in 2017.
Fighting for the rights of small-scale fishers. Image: MIHARI

The FisherWomen Leadership Program (FWLP).
Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy launched FisherWomen Leadership Program to empower women in fisheries. Image: Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy

Community peer-to-peer learning among the fishers.
Peer-to-peer learning. Image: Mihari

Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy at the IUCN Congress in Hawaii talking about Madagascar’s experience with LMMAs.
Madagascar’s experience with LMMAs. Image: Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy


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Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy meeting with fishers.
Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy supporting fishers. Image: Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy

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