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Cornell University

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Spring 2017

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


The biological and social components of sandfish farming were studied at Unguja Ukuu, Zanzibar. Measurement of temperature and depth, along with quadrat sampling of substrate and sea cucumbers, led to recommendations for future management of depth, biomass per area, disease and crabs, and substrate. Interviews revealed the role and potential benefits of sea cucumber farming for communities. Several barriers to, and complications with, the expansion of sea cucumber farming were also identified. This study provided information for improvement of this farm and hoped to spread knowledge of sandfish farming to Zanzibaris, who may benefit economically from the practice.


Aquaculture and Fisheries | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Marine Biology | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Oceanography | Sustainability


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