The Vezo are semi-nomadic coastal people of west southern Madagascar, meaning fishing people and has been known to mean “struggle with the sea”. They settled on the shores of the ocean and their lives are accustomed to the sea and the beach. The Vezo speak a dialect of the Malagasy language. Off the coast of Madagascar, overfishing has become a major issue. The Vezo rely entirely on fishing, who for the past 2,000 years have been navigating the stretch of the Indian Ocean that separates Madagascar from the African continent in hand-carved pirogues.