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PAFFA to discuss declining fish catches in Lake Malawi

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 Fisheries.

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 facing.

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 including Malawi.”

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.

             

 

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