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In Sumatra, rising seas and sinking land spell hard times for fishers

Some 60% of the mangroves on the east coast of North Sumatra province were damaged between 1977 and 2006. Image: Tonggo Simangunsong for Mongabay

Tonggo Simangunsong

Journalist, Freelance

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Fisherman Heri Gunawan uses traditional methods to hunt for octopus in Sumatra.
Fisherman Heri Gunawan uses traditional methods to hunt for octopus in Sumatra. Image: Tonggo Simangunsong for Mongabay
A map of North Sumatra, Indonesia
North Sumatra, Indonesia Image: Mongabay

Tidal flooding also hits properties and homes in Sumatra.
Tidal flooding also hits properties and homes in Sumatra. Image: Tonggo Simangunsong for Mongabay
Tidal flooding also hurts the Sumatran fish trade.
Tidal flooding also hurts the Sumatran fish trade. Image: Tonggo Simangunsong for Mongabay
A person holding a basket of fish in Sumatra
Catch of the day. Image: Tonggo Simangunsong for Mongabay
Structures built on stilts along Sumatra's Belawan’s coast.
Structures built on stilts along Sumatra's Belawan’s coast. Image: Tonggo Simangunsong for Mongabay

Mangrove restoration in North Sumatra is one possible solution.
Mangrove restoration in North Sumatra is one possible solution. Image: Tonggo Simangunsong for Mongabay
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