Seaweed trainers

The Tumbe seaweed pilot site in Pemba. Photo © Roshni Lodhia

Sustainable seaweed aquaculture, when farmed well, can relieve pressure on wild stock fishery resources and provides numerous ecological, social, political, and economic benefits. In Tanzania’s Zanzibar Archipelago, seaweed has become the third largest source of income and accounts for nearly 90% of its marine exports. However, warming oceans, impacts of coastal development, limited aquaculture knowledge, and poor seed stocks are combining to make it harder for farmers to sustainably and cost effectively keep up their yields and maintain their livelihoods through seaweed farming.

During this webinar, George Maina gave an overview of The Nature Conservancy’s restorative seaweed initiative and aquaculture efforts in the Western Indian Ocean. Mondy Muhando, also from The Nature Conservancy, shared successes and lessons learned on a recently launched community-empowerment and environmental-training program that helps address challenges to farming seaweed sustainably in Zanzibar. Protecting these important marine environments while supporting seaweed aquaculture, especially through education and partnering with local women, is essential to conserving Zanzibar’s waters and wildlife.

 

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