Riding the gentle waves on a black pirogue, Saidy stops rowing and breaks the calm, his assistant has to go for a check dive. The visibility in the water varies from day to day due to sediment, and naturally with it varies catch and quantity. Mijibika or Maniriky or Apnea diving for grabbing fish, lobsters and shells is a tradition and a sole means of making a living for the majority of villages on the western coast of Madagascar. Early this millennium, the decline in usual catch and the high demand for sea cucumbers caused a big shift in the divers’ focus.
Nosy Berafia, Andreva, Andavadoaka, Tulear, Madagascar 2016 ©