The idea for this project came to us at Christmas 2012 when we went to Africa to visit a friend who was working there in an international development project. As we like diving, we brought our snorkelling equipment with us. One day when we were on the beach snorkelling, a group of kids approached us to know what we were doing. We let them our goggles and their reaction was surprising. Although they came from a nearby fishing community and their income mainly depended on marine resources, it was the first time that they have watched a fish swimming!
We think that “Protection begins with knowledge”, i.e. the more you know about your resources, the more you to protect them. That’s why we have developed a workshop about marine life (including fish, turtles and other species) and sustainable fishing for kids between 5 and 12 years belonging to small fishing communities. This workshop include practical activities where kids will learn to float (or more importantly, get comfortable into the water) and to use googles to watch how fish live and swim.
Our first series of workshops will be undertaken in spring 2016 in São Tomé and Príncipe a Portuguese-speaking island nation situated in the Gulf of Guinea. According to the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) 9000 artisanal fishermen work in the country and about 80% percent of total animal protein intake in São Tomé and Príncipe relies on seafood, one of the highest percentages in the continent. The principal aim of this project is to ensure that seafood supplies and livelihoods are safeguarded for future generations in the country.
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