Maganga is one of the busiest fishing areas in Salima District. When the Fish for Tomorrow project started in this area in 2018, it had a very high number of fishermen using mosquito nets sewn together to make dragnets.
These illegal dragnets are destructive but since the introduction of the project we have been working closely not only with fishermen but the community too and have reduced the usage of mosquito dragnets by 80%.
Francis was one of those fishermen that used a mosquito dragnet. He said, “I learnt the implications that these (mosquito) nets were having on fish stocks so have changed to using a legal fishing net which catches the larger fish. I currently have a mesh (bunt) size 8 but I want to save money to buy bunt size 10 which is more sustainable as it allows fish that are not fully grown to swim through.”