Last month, Venezuela banned trawling, a method of netting fish that had a devastating affect on marine life. The move to end trawling will help protect fragile fish populations and seabeds. Small fishers are celebrating the decision as a boost to their livelihood.
This is one of many environmental conservation initiatives undertaken in Venezuela in recent years.
The new ban on trawl-fishing comes in the form of an amendment to the 2002 Law of Fisheries, which now prohibits trawling in all commercial waters. It also requires fishers to donate five percent of their catch to state-run nutrition programs that benefit the poor. This draws on the traditional coastal practice of sharing catches with the less fortunate. Read more here.