The Saylac Fishing Cooperative, a fisheries co-management association, will mark World Ocean Day 2021 with a community celebration. Saylac is a fishing district on the west coast of Somaliland known for its rich coral reefs, mangrove forests, and diverse marine life. Fishing and related activities are the main source of local income and the community plans to honor the ocean and all it provides on World Ocean Day.
The co-management association was recently established through an agreement between resource users in Saylac and the Somaliland government. Cooperative management, or co-management, is a partnership between the fishing community and the government to develop local fisheries governance, management, and profitability while mitigating conflict over marine resources. The co-management association has helped improve fishing practices, advance environmental education, and manage local fisheries conflicts. On June 8, the community will discuss the importance of protecting their abundant resources and actions they can take to ensure healthy fisheries for generations to come.
For more on co-management in Saylac and Secure Fisheries’ other work in the Somali region, visit securefisheries.org.