Love The Oceans’ end goal in Mozambique is to establish a Marine Protected Area in the Inhambane Province, using a bottom-up, community-led approach through research, education and diving.
Love The Oceans uses research, teaching and diving to help support action towards a more sustainable future. Through research and data collection we’ll be able to build reliable and solid data logs on species caught (mainly sharks and rays) and the methods in which they are caught. From this we can conclude the most damaging fishing methods and work towards a more sustainable future with the local fishermen.
Educating the next generation of fishermen in schools about sustainable fishing and why the ocean is important helps the local community protect their biodiversity assets – assets because of ecotourism and fisheries. We’re building bridges with the local communities through our education schemes, teaching at two local schools. We have also begun to work with currently active fishermen to educate them on what the future may hold if unsustainable fishing continues.
Surprisingly few local children are confident in the water. Part of our commitment to the local community is teaching the school children how to swim, helping to fuel their passion for the marine environment with a view to them one day being able to experience the underwater world for themselves.
We also teach sea safety in our lessons. This is very important as children drowning is not uncommon in this area due to a strong rip and lack of awareness. Volunteers can help teach the children (and some adults) how to swim as part of their program.
Diving and Coral Reef Surveys
LTO collects coral reef data in order to lobby for a marine protected area which could enhance eco-tourism, bringing more money into the region and an alternate income to unsustainable fishing. We strongly believe we’re in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting. We use Reef Life Survey methodology, allowing us to compare our data sets with other reef systems around the world.
Since 2014 volunteers from across the globe have been a valuable resource for our research team in Mozambique. In order to continue our work, we want to make the programs as affordable as possible so we charge much less than other organisations. All of our staff are unpaid and any money made or donated goes straight into the organisation and spent on building work for the local schools and stationery supplies as well as research equipment. This means we’re a non-profit organisation.
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We are based at Guinjata Bay, Inhambane. You can also find us on Facebook.