Brackisch water fish pool
What triggered it
In and around mangrove areas there are many ponds, creeks, and water ways, which may be perfect instruments for nurturing crabs, fish, and water plants. This was understood well by a number of local fishermen and farmers, who wanted to try this out. How could they make money from this, while contributing to nature as well?
What did we do
Thanks to Dhara and these local famers and fishermen we arrived at a plan of action tp raise mud crabs and water chestnuts in brackish ponds on a regular basis. Experimentally they have registered how baskets, basins, and fodder, could be made or used. After their approval and our acceptance of the plan, local pioneers began to construct and use these ponds.
Several families are cultivating crabs in brackish water. The crabs are fattening rapidly, and thereby give a better price on the market. The fishermen are spreading their knowledge amongst villagers, demonstrating that even with small investments, good profits can be realized. The same holds for some families who started cultivating water chestnuts. The beauty of this is that they realize you don't need to destroy nature in order to make money. And to enrich your food diet as well!
Through private gifts, Man & Mangroves raised EUR 1.750 for drawing up a plan of action. The implementation of this plan was sponsored by De Ziekenfondsbode, a Dutch fund for social health, with a sum of EUR 5.500.