It’s been a real team effort this week in Mangochi District with everyone working together to demarcate a protected area for the beautiful cichlid fish which are endemic to Lake Malawi and under threat.
Headed by the Parks and Wildlife team in Lake Malawi National Park with the support of Fisheries, Ripple Africa, Chiefs, Beach Village Committees, Village Natural Resources Committee, Community Policing Members and fishermen, 15 more buoys are now in place.
The buoys are placed 100 metres from the shoreline – which is predominantly where the cichlid fish live – and the recent activity took place around Nkhudzi and Mwenye Hills which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rocky areas are great breeding areas for other fish species as well, another reason to ensure the buoys are in place.
This boundary initiative has been funded by African Development Bank Group through the Promoting Investment and Competitiveness in the Tourism Sector (PICTS) project and is supported by Ripple Africa’s Fish Conservation team as part of the UNESCO funded Fish for Tomorrow project in Lake Malawi National Park.