Gone Fishin
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+ Comments Gone Fishin - 2005-11-02 09:00:00
The women of the village wade into the water, collecting fish and tending to the tidal seaweed-beds. They harvest them at low tide for export chiefly to Japan and the Republic of Korea, earning up to $100 a month, twice the salary of a newly-employed graduate in the civil service. About 500 tons of dried seaweed have been produced in the past year, worth $150,000 to the growers. Industrialized countries use seaweed in pharmaceuticals, textiles, rubber, adhesives and various foods. Shamuhuna hopes that seaweed will become an alternative foreign exchange earner to cloves, which accounts for 90 per cent of Zanzibar‚ŕö¬˘¬¨ ¬®¬¨!"s export earnings. - new internationalist, 1991