Give fish a place to thrive where no fishing allowed, and soon enough you will reap increased stocks in the surrounding area. This in short is the principle of Marine Protected Areas, marine havens that we are setting up in the Toliara reef system - the third largest coral reef area in the world.
The new marine park will help stimulate the introduction of improved fishing and collecting practices, and the protected sites will help stocks to recover over the entire area.
As part of this effort, WWF helps local people better manage marine resources in order to put into practice management plans for the sustainable use of fisheries.
We’re also making sure that Malagasy shrimps, both farm-raised and wild, receive a premium on the European market for their high quality. The project aims at supporting the Malagasy government and shrimp producers in creating national standards for the shrimp aquaculture industry, and using these standards as the basis for an ecolabel.
Increased protection would provide big boost to the ocean economy
Expanding ocean protection could return an increase in jobs, resources and services that far outweigh the costs, according to an analysis of new research commissioned by WWF on marine protected areas. Read more and download the report.