2018, Vol. 6 Issue 3, Part B
Assessment of artisanal Chambo fisheries in Mangochi district
Author(s): Mwamad Salim M’balaka, Geoffrey Kanyerere and Dorothy Kawonga
Abstract: An assessment of artisanal Chambo fisheries for Mangochi district (Lake Malawi, the Upper Shire and Lake Malombe) from 2000 to 2015 was done in order to provide the latest insight of the status of the fishery in the district. The results of the study indicate that there were little fluctuations in terms of number of fishers since 2001 and more than 85% of the fishers was contributed by fishing crew members. The results on the catch trends indicated a decline over the whole period under study and more authors attributed this to a number of factors both environmental as well as anthropogenic. The study went further to assess the trends for important gears to Chambo fishery and the gears showed different trend patterns. The study revealed that the Chambo fishery had reached its maximum sustainable yield in 2009 hence some holistic management approach was recommended to resuscitate the fishery.
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