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The Fishermen of Limbe

Cameroon's coasts are suffering from overfishing. Foreign trawlers have depleted stocks to the point where there are few fish left. The city of Limbe in southwestern Cameroon has been hard hit - entire neighborhoods here live off the sea.

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Raphael Ayuk is the director of a local NGO. He says that the local population also bears responsibility. To smoke their fish, they take wood from mangroves that serve as spawning grounds for the fish. Fewer trees equals fewer fish. But newly developed smoking ovens - which require only half the wood and half the time - could help tackle the problem.