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Fish Farm

Fish Farm

Fish Farm Campaigns

The threat to animal species is a complex subject. Anthropogenically speaking, the issues cannot be completely attributed to serving greed and medicinal traditions, since a major contributing factor is overpopulation.

In Mozambique, the biggest threat to turtle species is not, surprisingly, poaching for the black market. Turtles are seen by locals as a source of protein. Sadly, it has become very evident that the coastal fish resources are quickly becoming depleted by overfishing. The cause along most of the African coastline is a population explosion, and not enough resources to feed communities.

Through our efforts to understand the residents’ harvesting of sea turtles, we realised that in order to protect wildlife, we should look at ways to solve the lack of sustenance in the communities, rather than try to enforce a crackdown on poaching.

Our Fish Farm

As an alternative source of protein, we have established a fish farm project on one of the many lakes in our Machangulo Reserve area. If it is successful, we will be able to create more job opportunities, and a source of income, that will help prevent the illegal harvesting of our loggerhead and leatherback turtles.

Based in Ponta Mucombo on lake Lhlamane, since 2018, the tilapia fish farm aims to provide the local community with a reliable source of premium, high-quality fish. Tilapia fish are very high in protein and other nutrients, and were already naturally present in the lake, making it easy to boost their numbers, to keep up with the demand. The fish farm will not only deliver a reliable food source, but will also provide fish for families to sell at local markets, creating another source of revenue for families.

Once the fish farm project is up and running, we aim to duplicate it on the Zambezia Province coastline, which, due to its remoteness, poses its own set of challenges.

Turning Poachers into Protectors

In the Maputo Private Elephant Reserve, they have implemented an extremely successful program involving the local community, training them to monitor and protect the turtles nesting on the coastline. By turning poachers into protectors and guides, they have made the turtles more valuable as a tourist attraction. Taking care of these animals creates employment and generates an income for locals, ensuring that the turtles are no longer sought after as a food source.

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Sundome Project

Our purpose-built solar stills can produce over 20 litres of fresh water per day, per still utilising seawater or grey water. We use these stills to ensure freshwater on Ilha do Fogo, however, funding is required to develop more solar stills for the coastal communities, providing fresh drinking water for families in the area.

Pebane Airfield

Pebane had a disused airfield that has fallen to ruins due to lack of funding. To ensure the progress of Earth Legacy Foundation projects, a useable airfield is crucial.

Turtle Monitoring

The turtle monitors ensure the protection of nesting turtles on Ilha do Fogo, keeping an eye on the nests until the hatchlings emerge. The project aims to identify individuals from the local community who show an aptitude for turtle and marine protection and fund their formal training with Maputo National Park.

Fish Farm

Turtles are seen by locals as a source of protein. Through our efforts to understand the residents’ harvesting of turtles, we realised that to protect wildlife, communities need alternative means of sustenance. Tilapia fish farms can provide locals with a reliable source of nutritional fish and an opportunity to sell fish at local markets, creating revenue for families.

Pottery Workshops

The goal of this project is to offer local communities an alternative means to taking vulnerable marine life. Apprentices will be trained in every aspect of the ceramic process, from identifying and mining local materials, to processing and creating functional works of art. We aim to teach locals a whole range of industry skills, extending to supply chain management, sales and marketing.

Carpentry Workshops

Alongside our FSC-registered partners, LevasFlor, our goal for the project is to create a facility that can process responsibly harvested wood and train locals in carpentry skills. Apprentices will be identified from the communities and we will sell or export manufactured products, keeping the profits in Mozambique, to the benefit of the local population.