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Sometimes Saving Fish Takes Fishermen

In an effort to restock some of the most overfished reefs in the world, a cooperative of fishermen has joined forces with the Oracabessa Foundation to create a fish sanctuary in St. Mary, Jamaica. As one sanctuary manager describes it: "The sanctuary is basically a no-fishing zone, the concept being that the fish are going to get so plentiful inside the sanctuary that they're going to need space and spill over onto the adjacent reefs, where the fishermen are allowed to take them." It appears to be working. Over the past two years, fish populations have increased significantly, bringing the added economic benefit of ecotourism to the area. See some of the amazing work being done in this short from Project Moana.

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