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Fishing provides jobs and a vital source of animal protein in the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam, home to more than three million people. But demand for fish outstrips supply, fishermen still tend to use traditional methods and tools, and there are concerns over harmful practices such as the use of dynamite, which destroys coral reefs and breeding grounds. There is inadequate infrastructure to properly handle the day’s catch, as well as limited information on markets and services. And the country’s efforts to promote sustainable fisheries come up against a lack of research, funding and the data needed to monitor the fishing industry.
The photographs in this gallery, taken by the author in the vibrant Kivukoni fish market, reflect concerns over resources and facilities. They show the city’s appetite for fish and the men and women who depend on it for their livelihoods.