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The Bajau are nomads of the seas. For over 3 centuries, this population of fishermen, hunters and gatherers have sailed the seas between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Their boats are their only home.
The water-empire of the Sama Bajau is located in the famous Coral Triangle of North Australia. The region between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia is a key region with vast biodiversity.
A paradise for the estimated 800,000 sea nomads, who have roamed the region as hunters and gatherers for 400 years. Today, their paradise is in danger and could disappear during this generation’s lifetime. Fish stocks have declined dramatically in recent years. This is caused by reckless, new fishing methods such as dynamite fishing, cyanide fishing and the use of trawlers.