Mikono ya Wavuvi (In Fishermen's Hands)| 8mins
Director: Austin Humphries | Producer: Austin Humphries
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: United States
Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, and globally, millions of people depend on the resources they provide. In East Africa, along the coast of Kenya, fishing is often the only option for work, and as a result, communities are highly reliant on coral reefs for food and livelihood. This has resulted in increasingly degraded coral reefs, where very few fish remain and sea urchins take over. Consequently, some fishermen have identified a need for change. This has resulted in an exciting movement for the establishment of community-managed areas closed to fishing, locally called a â€˜tengefuâ€™, which is a Swahili term meaning â€˜to set something asideâ€™. This is a short film about marine conservation in Kenya and the struggle between fishermen saving the ocean or saving their livelihood.