Our Fish Conservation project teaches fishermen and fishing communities the benefits of using larger meshed fishing nets to catch bigger fish and how to protect fish breeding areas.
Fishermen also learn when the closed season is – November, December and January – as this is when the fish breed. However, in the winter months in Malawi (June/July), the lake experiences its own natural closed season as the Mwera winds make the lake too rough for fishermen to go out fishing.
When the winds subside, fishermen take the opportunity to go out to fish – although you occasionally see a few brave fishermen risking the choppy lake in a bid to catch fish and make money. The fewer fishing boats that go out, the higher the price the fish will go for…but when so many of the fishermen can’t swim, it’s understandable why they wait for calmer waters.
Learn more about our Fish for Tomorrow project here.