A young Vezo fisherman paddles by me out of curiosity off the coast of Madagascar. The Vezo (the word means "people who fish") rely entirely on fishing, who for the past 2,000 years have been navigating the stretch of the Indian Ocean that separates Madagascar from the African continent in hand-carved pirogues. Their livelihoods are at risk though as commercial fishing boats from Asia are overfishing the local waters. Sadly, the Vezo people have had to resort to sailing farther and farther offshore to provide for their families. www.jodymacdonaldphotography.com

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