Villages and People in the southwestern coast of Côte d'Ivoire
In the project area the villages Roc Oulidié, Roc Dougbalé, Ménéké, Badiké, Dawa, Mani, and Pitiké Kablaké as well as numerous small settlements in the plantationsare located. Overall, there is a local population of about 3000 people, the two largest villages are Roc and Mani, each with about 1,000 residents. Most people work in the adjacent farms and plantations. Fishing is only operated on a small scale in lagoons and the sea from the shore. The bulk of the population of the indigenous residents on the coast are Krou. The name has been adopted as a synonym for "crew" in English, as the Krou were highly valued for landing on the coast and as a crew (s. Wikipedia).The Krou (of the same name their language) colonize the very coast traditionally. They have a centuries-long tradition as an "acephale" society (without authorities like kings, etc.) in West Africa with a focus of population in Liberia. They have survived almost unchallenged as minorities in remote areas, both during the time of slavery and the colonial period. A second living area ethnicity are the Fanti. These are highly specialized fishing in open sea and pirogue. The Fanti come from Ghana and spend almost their entire lives on their boats. They have a small port in Grand Bereby with an attached fish market. The Fanti traditionally do not eat sea turtles.