Vey nou Lagon is an inspirational film that follows Georgie, a traditional artisanal fisherman and his family as they tell us the story of the Mauritian lagoons and show us the current state of the ocean.
Georgie is a professional fisherman, but he hoped of a better future for his children. Living off the ocean is not sustainable anymore. While his father raised 11 children from working as a full time fisherman, Georgie is the father of two and works three jobs to make ends meet. What happened to the ocean?
Georgie understands the importance of a healthy ocean and urges the fisher community to work with policy-makers to protect our marine resources. Fishers from around the island and from the neighboring island, Rodrigues, provide solutions and inspire others to take simple actions at the individual level to make a difference.
Vey nou Lagon is a 22-minute documentary that is currently touring in schools and fishing villages, and used by local NGOs to raise awareness as well as provide viable alternatives for fishermen in Mauritius. The aim of the film is to engage the local fishing communities through an inspiring story so that they feel part of a solution and empowered to demand marine protected areas around the island. It was also used as part of an audiovisual campaign to initiate the first national seasonal octopus-fishing closure in Mauritius in 2016.
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