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12 Dec 2019 - BBC - The Blue Economy is critical to the Seychelles. A pioneering marine conservation plan sees the country swap 5% of its national debt for a cash injection to fight the effects of climate change on the ocean, in return promising to protect 30% of its national waters by the end 2020. It's a huge undertaking for this tiny nation.

On board Darryl Green's small fishing boat, just off the island of Praslin in the Seychelles, the water is so clear we can see the seabed. Brightly coloured fish swim around the hull.

"You know at my age I've seen the fish size decrease dramatically," the fisherman reminisces. He's on board his boat with his young grandson in tow.

"If as fishermen, we do not take responsibility for our fish stocks, who's going to do it? If we don't start somewhere then in the future we're going to be very hard pushed to find fish to feed our children."

Mr Green has been fishing his local bay for decades - but not any more. He's set up a project with his fellow fishermen to voluntarily stop fishing here for six months of the year, hoping that this will allow fish stocks to replenish.

"This is our office," he says. "You go to the office to work. We come here to work. This is where we earn our livelihood. So we've got to protect it."

During the six months off, they have to fish further out to sea, while some of them do other things like carpentry too.

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