Madagascar:Over 1.5 million people rely on small-scale fishing for their livelihoods
An workshop was held for two days at the Radisson Blu hotel in Madagascar to discuss the national action plan for small-scale fishing. This plan aims to support actors working in this sub-sector, which employs over 1.5 million people living in coastal areas and represents up to 67% of the country’s fishery resources production. Small-scale fishers catch a variety of fish, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, and tunas, among other seafood products. However, climate change has adverse effects on traditional fishers who have to go out to sea less often and catch fewer fish. The national action plan for small-scale fishing, developed in accordance with the FAO’s voluntary guidelines on artisanal fishing and validated at this workshop, aims to promote the sustainable management of fishery resources and support small-scale fishers while mobilizing women for processing and marketing activities.