Life in a Fishing Village on the Coast of Madagascar

Ankatafana is a small fishing village of the Antambahoaka tribe in southeastern Madagascar, enclosed by the Indian Ocean and the estuary of the Mananjary River. Village life revolves around fishing, by young and old. At night the men venture out in canoes on the turbulent ocean without sail or motor, to catch large fish using basic nets. In the morning they return, always in team, paddling their way through the high waves. The village women are waiting for them on the beach, hoping their husbands will return safely. On arrival the canoes are dragged from the seashore to the ‘Canal des Pangalanes’, a run-down natural canal along the east coast. Here, on the bank of the canal, the women will sell the fish and the men gather to clean and repair the nets.