Ambodivahibe LMMA Madagascar

Woman carrying fresh catch in Ambodivahibe. Johnson Rakotoniaina, Conservation International, 2014.

PARTNER POST FROM CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

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On one day in 2009, the Malagasy village of Ivovona harvested 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds) of fish, mostly octopus. Earlier this year, those same fishermen, joined by others from the nearby village of Ambavarano, pulled in 5 tons of octopus — in three hours.

How did things turn around so quickly in a remote, poverty-stricken community? The villagers made the decision to adopt fishing regulations — and gained a new source of livelihood in the process.