Living by the Ocean

40% of Africa’s people make their living from the sea, which of course provide fish and other foodstuffs such as seaweed. We use products like sand and mangrove wood for building, and we use the sea itself to transport goods and people from place to place along the coast.



If you sailed the whole of Africa’s 18, 950 mile coastline, you would visit 33 countries. Because the ocean has no boundaries, nothing can be done without consequences for the whole. The ocean can seem like a useful bin for the huge amount of waste produced by humankind, but this is not true. Pollution is building up, as oil, plastic and sewage are dumped from boats, cities and factories. On our blue planet, it can seem as though the bounty of the oceans is endless, but over-fishing and by-catch are also threatening marine resources.

This topic is about finding ways to use and protect our oceans so they can provide for our needs and the needs of our future generations.


Larger mesh nets let young fish escape so they can breed and make more fish


Living by the Ocean: The Mafia Island and the Marine Park
 

DOWNLOAD: EXCERPTS FROM AFRICA OUR HOME

DOWNLOAD Excerpts From Africa Our Home
The Sea is One (page 154-155)
DOWNLOAD Excerpts From Africa Our Home It’s a numbers game: Sustainable fisheries (pages 162-163)
DOWNLOAD Excerpts From Africa Our Home Destructive Fishing (page 164-165)
DOWNLOAD Excerpts From Africa Our Home Common resources need cooperation (page 166-167)

DOWNLOAD: OCEAN ACTION SHEETS

PACE Action Sheets
Sustainable use of marine resources
PACE Action Sheets Marine protected areas

DOWNLOAD: OCEAN ACTIVITY

Educational Activities
ACTIVITY FOR EDUCATORS


DOWNLOAD: OCEAN DIRECTORY

PACE Directory To get further details of helpful organisations listed in the Action Sheets download the PACE DIRECTORY.



Living by the Ocean film is available from PACE, link: pace@siren.org.uk. The following are the sections of the DVD which are applicable to this topic:

LIVING BY THE OCEAN - WWF East Africa, TanzaniaIV
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Mafia Island, Tanzania © Sarah Watson


Fishermen off the coast of Tanzania © Sarah Watson
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