Sustainable Seas: Addressing destructive fishing practices, Mozambique

Mozambique's ocean is home to precious marine biodiversity and Inhambane province is one of the few places where you can find whale sharks and manta rays year-round. Artisanal fisheries and tourism are critical to the economy of the country, yet both are threatened by persistent, destructive fishing practices.

To address this threat Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) tackles the root causes by educating and empowering local communities to manage their marine resources sustainably through innovative education, pioneering research and community empowerment.

MMF Sustainable Seas Project is creating an effective network of Locally Managed Marine Areas along Inhambane’s coast, with sustainable fishing activity throughout the most bio-diverse waters. Improved scientific knowledge of key species and fisheries combined with responsible marine resource management mitigate threats to vulnerable species helping communities to protect their valuable natural resources.