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In my previous picture, I showed how the algae are grown in the sea. Here, the woman is drying algae on the beach.
Continuation from BBC:
The women working with the algaculture have problems to deal with - climate change.

Most of Zanzibar archipelago's seaweed is grown on the island of Pemba, which has rocky inlets rather than flat wide beaches and consequently been less affected by rising water temperatures. But in Paje seaweed stopped growing for three years from 2011. It gradually returned, but only the low-value spinosum variety which contains less of the substance - carrageenan - which is used as a thickening agent in foods, cosmetics and medicines.

As a result, the business is now less lucrative.

To make matters worse, for a while the warmer sea temperatures encouraged a form of blue-green algae that gave the women painful rashes and blisters. Many in Paje gave up the business - out of 450 seaweed farmers working in the town 20 years ago, only 150 are left.

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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13046 W: 139 N: 33759] (153926)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2021-01-08
  • Naświetlenie: 1/185 sekund
  • Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
  • Date Submitted: 2021-02-21 0:37
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