Malawi Finds Ways to Contain Overfishing in its Largest Body of Water

Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, has long been the economic hub for thousands of fishing communities along the lakefront areas. However, locals say unsustainable fishing practices and climate change have led to dwindling catches, forcing some fishermen to look for alternatives. Many believe that the fish have been depleted because of climate change.  Others point to the increase in fishing vessels on the lake, resulting in stiff competition for the catch. Meanwhile, the government is trying to sensitize communities on regulations designed to reduce overfishing. These include a ban on some fishing nets and a two-month annual ban on fishing in the lake, from November 1 to December 31. Lakeside communities have formed committees to help reinforce the regulation. In some areas, the villagers have set up by-laws which have instant penalties to those violating the regulations.


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