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
DOWNLOAD EXCERPTS FROM AFRICA OUR HOME (PDF)
The Sea is One (page 154-155)
It’s a numbers game: Sustainable fisheries (pages 162-163)
Destructive Fishing (page 164-165)
Common resources need cooperation (page 166-167)
DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY FOR SCHOOLS AND YOUTH CLUBS (PDF)
ACTIVITY FOR EDUCATORS: LIVING BY THE OCEAN : Reading and role play based on the South African novel The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda
DOWNLOAD OCEAN ACTION SHEETS (PDF)
Recommended link to more resources created by Blue Ventures: http://livewiththesea.org/handbooks/view-handbooks/
DOWNLOAD URBAN LIVING DIRECTORY (PDF)
For further details of helpful organisations listed in the Action Sheets download the PACE DIRECTORY. Please note this was compiled in 2007. You may wish to search online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for updates to specific contacts.
The Living by the Ocean film is available from PACE, link: email@example.com. The following are the sections of the DVD which are applicable to this topic:
LIVING BY THE OCEAN - WWF East Africa, Tanzania
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Mafia Island, Tanzania © Sarah Watson
Fishermen off the coast of Tanzania © Sarah Watson