In pictures: Conserving Madagascar's coast

Damaging and destroying

The coral reef off the south-west coast of Madagascar is the third largest in the world, making its preservation even more critical.

Preserving them is not easy as some people continue to use destructive fishing practices.

Beach seine nets are used a lot. Fishermen drag them along the sea bed in shallow water to catch marine life. They are especially damaging as they bring up all creatures from the sea bed, destroying sea grass and the coral.

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