The Modernization of Morocco's Ancient Fishing Village

Collection with 24 media items created by Osie Greenway

02 Mar 2014 05:00

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 12 miles north of the city of Agadir, in the south west of Morocco. The mostly Berber population in the village is estimated to be around 6,000. The main sources of income for the people are tourism, fishing and the production of Argan oil. Taghazout lies on the west coast of Morocco and is known for its abundance in tuna, bonito, and sardines. The village has been a fishing spot for over 100 years, with generations of fathers and grandfathers working side-by-side.

This traditional pastime has changed much in the past decade. Modernization has changed everything, from a shift in traditional livelihoods, to a shift in the type of tourism Moroccans are cultivating in the village. Modern equipment such as boat motors and tractors have cut down on the physical labor - before the tractor, wooden slabs were laid out and men would push and pull the large wood crafts up and down the shore. But this generation of fishermen is aging, and is not being replaced by the young. Young men in Taghazout do not wish to become fishermen as their fathers did, but instead more and more, to tap into the riches of surf tourism, which has become a booming industry in the area. They also commute to the factories nearby for stable work. These new factories sprouting up along the coast line are taking young would-be fishermen away from the village and polluting the waters they fish in.

Surfing tourism began in Taghazout in the early 1970s. It started out as a small surf community, and has since become a globally recognized location for surfers from around the world. Moroccans have bought up real-estate and businesses in the village and surrounding areas to prepare for their future in tourism. They also do this to compete with Saudi Arabian contractors building massive resorts up and down the coast between Agadir and Taghazout.

Tourism in Morocco is becoming a new keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. Foreigners come from around the globe to surf the world class surf that surrounds Taghazout and with them comes western culture. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious distractions without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town. Some villagers fear what will happen too their culture, traditions, and religion as their culture and trades are turned into a tourism business.

"Without the tourism this town would be dead and the only jobs here would be fishing or the factories", said Tariq Kabbaj, the Mayor of Taghazout.

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By Osie Greenway
06 Feb 2014

Abu Hamed is a Metal Worker in the Old Souk in Aghadir,Morocco. He has worked in his shop the size of a small closet for 14 years inside the shanty market. He fixes anything metal and works on small fishing boat engines. Many shops in the ragged and rusted narrow market have been closed or moved to Tourism driven markets where foreigners feel more comfortable going to. Tourism in Morocco is becoming a keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. The small fishing town of Thagazout several miles from Aghadir is being transformed by tourist from all over the world and Saudi contractors building resorts up and down the coast. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious distractions without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town.

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By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Motors have changed the fishing industry the fishermen now mostly older men prefer the boat motors rather than a wooden long oar. This change that happened in the last ten years has brought jobs like engine technicians, and used motor salesmen to the small village.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
05 Feb 2014

This small new building that rest directly on the shore is not a market place it is where a percentage of the fisherman's catch is given to the town authorities as a tax to use the beach plot to fish from. This is a new concept and has been recently implemented in the last five years in Taghazout.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
03 Feb 2014

Thazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 19 km north of the city of Agadir in the south west of Morocco. The inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin. Fishing, tourism, and the production of Argan oil are the main source of income. This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout. This income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout, Morocco. The income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in. This fresh market is everyday immediately after the morning catch but this market is a new and is geared toward selling to tourist walking on the shore line. The Moroccans still get first purchase directly from the boat as soon as it arrives on shore.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 19 km north of the city of Agadir in the south west of Morocco. The inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin. Fishing, tourism, and the production of Argan oil are the main source of income. This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout. This income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Modern tools like this tractor and boat motors have made the physical labour of fishing less exhausting but more costly. The tractor driver makes six euro per boat lift to and from the water. The tractor is one of the newest additions to the fishing community in Taghazout. Before the tractor wooden slabs were laid out and men would push and pull the large wood crafts up and down the shore.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
09 Feb 2014

Tourism is becoming a keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. The small fishing town of Thagazout, several miles from Aghadir is being transformed by tourists from all over the world and Saudi contractors are building resorts up and down the coast. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious differences without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
07 Feb 2014

Metal Worker in the Old Souk in Aghadir, Morocco. He fixes all metal products and works on small fishing boat engines. Many shops in the ragged and rusted market have been closed or moved to newer markets where tourists are more likely to go.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
09 Feb 2014

Tourism is becoming a keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. The small fishing town of Thagazout several miles from Aghadir is being transformed by tourist from all over the world and Saudi contractors building resorts up and down the coast. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious differences without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Tourism is becoming a keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. The small fishing town of Thagazout, several miles from Aghadir is being transformed by tourist from all over the world and Saudi contractors building resorts up and down the coast. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious differences without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
09 Feb 2014

Tourism is becoming a keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. The small fishing town of Thagazout, several miles from Aghadir is being transformed by tourist from all over the world and Saudi contractors building resorts up and down the coast. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious differences without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 19 km north of the city of Agadir in the south west of Morocco. The inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin. Fishing, tourism, and the production of Argan oil are the main source of income. This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout. This income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
08 Feb 2014

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 19 km north of the city of Agadir in the south west of Morocco. The inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin. Fishing, tourism, and the production of Argan oil are the main source of income. This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout. This income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 19 km north of the city of Agadir in the south west of Morocco. The inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin. Fishing, tourism, and the production of Argan oil are the main source of income. This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout. This income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
08 Feb 2014

The new factories sprouting up along the coast line are taking fisherman away from the village and polluting the waters they fish in. Tourism in Morocco is becoming a new keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. Tourist from all over the world including flood the small village and with them they bring western culture. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious distractions without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town. Some villagers fear what will happen too their culture, traditions, and religion as their culture and trades are turned into a tourism business.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
09 Feb 2014

Tourism in Morocco is becoming a new keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. The Mayor of Taghazout Tariq Kabbaj, is excited to embrace the flow of tourism in his town. The small village of roughly 6,000 inhabitants has stayed afloat economically with tourism. "Without the tourism this town would be dead and the only jobs here would be fishing or the factories", said Tariq. Foreigners come from around the globe to surf the world class surf that surrounds Taghazout and with them comes western culture. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious distractions without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town. Some villagers fear what will happen too their culture, traditions, and religion as their culture and trades are turned into a tourism business.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
07 Feb 2014

Tourism in Morocco is becoming a new keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. Tourist from all over the world including flood the small village and with them they bring western culture. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious distractions without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town. Some villagers fear what will happen too their culture, traditions, and religion as their culture and trades are turned into a tourism business.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Modern tools like this tractor and boat motors have made the physical labour of fishing less exhausting but more costly. The tractor driver makes six euro per boat lift to and from the water. The tractor is one of the newest additions to the fishing community in Taghazout. Before the tractor wooden slabs were laid out and men would push and pull the large wood crafts up and down the shore.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
04 Feb 2014

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 19 km north of the city of Agadir in the south west of Morocco. The inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin. Fishing, tourism, and the production of Argan oil are the main source of income. This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout. This income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
15 Feb 2014

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 19 km north of the city of Agadir in the south west of Morocco. The inhabitants are mostly of Berber origin. Fishing, tourism, and the production of Argan oil are the main source of income. This location has been a fishing spot for over 100 years. The fisherman’s fathers and grandfathers worked at the same location in Taghazout. This income is mostly surfing tourism and factories are beginning to take fisherman away from the village and also pollute the waters they fish in.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
15 Feb 2014

There are 15 surf camps inside the village. These camps use to be completely owned by only Moroccans now the ownership is split between nationals and foreigners. Surfing tourism began in Taghazout in the early 1970s. It started out as a small surf community, and has since become a globally recognized location for surfers from around the world. Moroccans have bought up real-estate and businesses in the village and surrounding areas to prepare for their future in tourism. They also do this to compete with Saudi Arabian contractors building massive resorts up and down the coast between Agadir and Taghazout.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
03 Feb 2014

There are 15 surf camps inside the village. These camps use to be completely owned by only Moroccans now the ownership is split between nationals and foreigners. Surfing tourism began in Taghazout in the early 1970s. It started out as a small surf community, and has since become a globally recognized location for surfers from around the world. Moroccans have bought up real-estate and businesses in the village and surrounding areas to prepare for their future in tourism. They also do this to compete with Saudi Arabian contractors building massive resorts up and down the coast between Agadir and Taghazout.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
By Osie Greenway
03 Feb 2014

Attached to the Mosque in Taghazout is a large Surf shop and board rental. There are 15 surf camps inside the village. These camps use to be completely owned by only Moroccans now the ownership is split between nationals and foreigners. Surfing tourism began in Taghazout in the early 1970s. It started out as a small surf community, and has since become a globally recognized location for surfers from around the world. Moroccans have bought up real-estate and businesses in the village and surrounding areas to prepare for their future in tourism. They also do this to compete with Saudi Arabian contractors building massive resorts up and down the coast between Agadir and Taghazout.