Blue Livelihoods: Creating alternative income sources for local communities.

A fish-farming project funded by the Norwegian Embassy is on its way to serving as alternative income source for people living in the Gorongosa Sustainable Development Zone. The project is expected to decrease river pollution, preserve ecosystems and help the participating families have a better future.

Tilapia production started in November 2020. Seventeen women and men from Cavalo and Vunduzi communities were chosen to participate in the first program; three model field ponds were constructed in Vunduzi.

Seventeen men and women from Cavalo and Vunduzi receive training in fish fertilization, tank population, and feed production.

Almost all the women and men were already farming Tilapia on a small scale, but many had given up due to a lack of feed and access to a value chain. Today, the participating communities are receiving additional technical assistance and learning how to fertilize, populate tanks and manage feed production using local ingredients.

The Tilapia production cycle lasts six months from maturation to sales. The project also foresees the sale in fish markets in the nearest cities and towns.

Three model ponds are being used for the production of fingerlings to populate tanks in Cavalo and Vunduzi, with the remaining tanks scheduled for installation in 2022 for Cheringoma and Muanza districts.

Gorongosa Park’s “Blue Livelihoods” program is based on the “Blue Economy” or “Oceans Economy”, a sustainable development strategy that incorporates socio-economic benefits with ecological conservation. Considered an integral part of the Sustainable Development Department Strategic Plan, the vision includes development of sustainable fisheries, marine aquaculture and restoring the Marromeu mangroves and ecotourism – all to protect ecosystems and uplift families in central Mozambique.

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