The white beaches of the east coast of Zanzibar attract many tourists. But every day in the afternoon, when the tide begins and tourists returned to the hotel, on the shore, there is a small army of local residents, armed with pikes and sticks. They wander along the shore in search of local delicacies -. Octopus In one tide a skilled hunter can catch more than a dozen octopuses that live on the beach bordering the labyrinth of stones, corals, and algae.
The tidal lowlands east coast of the island, protected by coral reefs, are a source of food for the local population – here fish, crabs, shrimp, and octopus.
Tanzania is the largest supplier of octopus in the western Indian Ocean.
35-year-old Abdullah Ali from the village Dove preparing to sail on his wooden boat. Before catching octopus done by women, but now it is increasingly taken over by men.
“Octopus has helped me to succeed in life,” – says Ali, who gets a little less than $ 2.5 per kilogram of octopus.
According to the UN, octopus catch in Tanzania has increased from 482 tons in 1990 to 1,250 tons in 2012.
Octopus cleverly hide among coral reef and coastal rocks, making them nearly invisible to the untrained eye. Black sea urchins, poisonous to humans, make hunting even more dangerous.
Mariam, a hunter from the village on the octopus Bvedzhuu, immersed in cool water after a morning’s work.
Mom Juma, an experienced hunter on octopus, each day passes it was chosen a place near the beach Paju.
This single woman busy looking octopus evening the algal farm village Bvedzhuu. Local farmers rely on marine mining to tide the strip – it is a great help in their diet.
Octopus on the grill – always on sale in the fish market at night Strong Town. Most of the octopus caught in Tanzania are exported to Europe, but on the island of Zanzibar tourist hotels and their restaurants are constantly buying octopus with locals.