MANGOCHI Malawi (Xinhua) --
The declining fish catches in Lake Malawi,
Africa’s third largest lake, is the topical issue researchers
and scientists discuss at the Pan African Fish and Fisheries
Association (PAFFA) Conference that Malawi is hosting.
PAFFA meets every
five years and brings together prominent and upcoming
researchers, investors and development partners throughout
Africa and around the world to discuss African Fish and
Malawi Minister of
Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph
Mwanamvekha, officially launched the 5-day conference on Monday
where he challenged participating scientists and researchers to
find solution to the challenge Malawi’s fishery sector is
He said fish catches
on the lake had deteriorated to the extent that the current
consumption of fish per person in the country had dropped by
half from 14 kg in the 1980s to 7 kg.
“We have had
declining catch levels especially for Chambo and other fish
species due to over-fishing, non-compliance to fishing laws,
habitat degradation and climate change,” explained Mwanamvekha.
He added: “I hope
the scientific information generated by scientists and policy
makers gathered here will greatly contribute to finding
solutions to the problems we’re experiencing in many countries
Over 300 fisheries
and aquaculture, academicians, and investors from 35 countries
across Africa, North and South America, Europe, Asia and
Australia are participating in the conference which is being
held at Malawi’s Lake Show district of Mangochi.
The theme for the
2018 PAFFA Conference is ‘African Fish and Fisheries Diversity,
Conservation and Sustainable Management’.
Over 180,000 people
in Malawi benefit directly from fisheries and aquaculture,
according to study, while many benefit indirectly through supply
of fishing materials such as boat building and net making.