Dwindling fish species in Lake Malawi worries experts, chiefs

Fish experts and traditional leaders in Nkhotakota are expressing worry over dwindling fish species in Lake Malawi and have agreed to take punitive measures against fishermen using outlawed methods.

Malawian woman putting fish out to dry on the shores of Lake Malawi,

Chief Fisheries Extension Officer Urban Pulaizi said the government was worried with the continued extinction of fish species in the lake.

It is believed there were over 800 fish species in Lake Malawi.

“The extinction of the fish species is due to the use of outlawed fishing methods which include the use of mosquito nets,” said Pulaizi.

He called on organisations to help fight the extinction of some fish stocks and bring back into the laue the extinct fish species.

Pulaizi however said Malawi flagship fish, chambo is not under extinction although its stocks might be dwindling in the lale.

Traditional leaders in Nkhotakota have since pledged to imvoke local bylaws in a bid to take to book fishermen using illegal methods.

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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
5 years ago

We are told fish species in Lake Nyasa/Lake Malawi will dwindle in near futue.It is not false,it is prophesy.This is a warning sign and Muthalika must halt thinking of putting rigs in our lake.Malawians,Tanzanians and Mozambicans all rely on the lake for fish which have been our source of food since time immemorial.History shows that oil resources from the sea or lakes,have not uplifted Africa’s economic monetary standards apart from government leaders and their closest friends and members of elite families.Muthalika,live alone our Lake and it has been quite from your side pertaining to the oil-rigging business.STOP THIS MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!

5 years ago

By 2050 the population of Malawi will be slightly above 50 million; the fish population in Lake Malawi will have halved in the same period. If Malawi continues to be cursed with uncaring political parties as in the past 50 years (by 2050 Malawi will have had 8 general elections) then Malawi will have no fish in the lake as it would have been heavily polluted with oil due to irresponsible (oil) drilling.

Muswahili Mambo Sana
Muswahili Mambo Sana
5 years ago

Let’s be serious, we need to control the use of fishing nets , all the illegal fishing nets should be stopped immediately by confiscating them before it’s too late.

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