Vote and help save Malawi’s fish

RIPPLE Africa, a charity based in the Nkhata Bay district in Malawi needs your vote.

Malawian lady laying out fish for drying in the sun -Fish conservation. Photo credit Nikki Luxford

Malawian lady laying out fish for drying in the sun -Fish conservation. Photo credit Nikki Luxford

Fanwell with a catch of chambo fish. Photo credit RIPPLE Africa

Fanwell with a catch of chambo fish. Photo credit RIPPLE Africa

The NGO has been nominated to win €30,000 (the equivalent of 19.5 million kwacha) for their fish conservation project, a project which aims to help millions of Malawians.

Fish provide both food and employment for the Malawian people and despite having more breeds of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world, the number of fish in Lake Malawi has dropped by more than 90% over the last 20 years.

RIPPLE Africa is working with local communities to help them introduce measures to protect fish, particularly during the breeding season.

Many species come into shallow water to breed and until RIPPLE Africa stepped in, millions of baby fish were being caught in mosquito nets near the shore. If these are allowed to grow and breed, fish stocks will once again start to increase.

Hence the vital need for the project which has introduced a closed season for chambo fish, monitors nets used to protect the baby chambo and currently protects over 21 breeding areas.

So how can you help?

The vote is being run by the European Outdoor Conservation Association and you can make a difference by going online, type in this website/follow the link http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=3 and scroll down to RIPPLE Africa and select Cast Your Vote – you don’t even have to leave a name or email address.

RIPPLE Africa is currently in third place so every vote really does count. This is your chance to help yourselves as if the charity is awarded the money we can continue the project to save Malawi’s fish, your fish.

The vote closes on Sunday October 19.

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chilipaine
Guest

Blame it on Muluzi, when he came to power and the period leading up to it, he and his cohorts used to go around the country telling people that when UDF comes to power, they would allow free for all fishing without closure periods to allow for the breeding. This he and his fools used to say that Kamuzu was an evil man for having certain times of the year as closed for fishing to allow breeding.Lero nsomba zatha and mwayamba kulira. Simunati…mumva m’bebe!

Keen Observer
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Zimupindulira ndani?

redeemed
Guest

Chamber = chambo

redeemed
Guest

Ndikusilira zedi ndiwozi, I should have married a fisher man, chamber is what will compel me to migrate back home. It’s sad that the last time I visited back home, I struggled to get it. I had to place an order at Blantyre market.

tlb
Guest

Just voted. Hope most of us who leave comments here would take this step to vote. It just takes less than a minute and it can really make a difference. Support Malawi….

Wachimalawi
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Voted

Nankununkha sadzimva
Guest

That’s Malawi with its unsustainable ways of earning a living. Talk about fishing during breeding season, charcoal burning all in the name of no alternative solutions. No leadership seems interested to curb this ecology damage. No wonder poverty breeds poverty.

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