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Indonesia’s Dynamite Deterrent to Fish Poaching

President Joko Widodo will risk angering his neighbors to protect his country’s fishing industry.

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On December 5, 2014, a group of Indonesian officials and press stood looking out at three ships on the water. Each of the vessels was a Vietnamese fishing boat, captured operating in Indonesia’s waters illegally, cleared of its crew and impounded. Suddenly, they all blew up.

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Floating Boat Schools Give Students A Second Chance

Where floods make permanent structures risky and discrimination makes education inaccessible, one group takes a novel approach toward school

If you’re a kid from a small Philippine fishing village, there are a lot of reasons you might not be attending school regularly, like discrimination, poverty, or inaccessibility. But one Bangladesh-based organization is aiding students who’ve been marginalized by the formal education system with a novel solution: floating boat schools. Last June, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) provided seven villages in the Philippines with boats upon which local students can learn to read and write, with the goal of preparing them for the mainstream educational system. Scott MacMillan, a representative from BRAC, says the project had already been implemented in Bangladesh, where BRAC serves 1.2 million students.

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Makin' It: Sam Temple, Wooden Boat Builder in Maine

"A boat built with local wood that stays in local waters will last a long time."


Sam Temple comes from a long line of traditional wood-hulled boat builders. These days he continues the family tradition in Rockport, Maine, not far from where his grandfather learned. Sam's passion for boat-building and boats generally is so charming, we're almost tempted to go out and built a boat ourselves.

Did you grow up in a seafaring community?

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