Our Fish for Tomorrow project started in Nkhata Bay District in 2011 but over the years has expanded into neighbouring Districts including Salima District.
Working closely with fishing communities, we are proud that this weekend more than 1,000 people attended the fishing bylaw ceremony in Salima.
The fish conservation bylaws are really important in guiding the fishermen and local community on the correct fishing gear to be used, when they can fish and to ensure the fish breeding areas are protected.
Across the five Districts where the fish conservation project has been introduced, more than 3,000 community members are active members of Beach Village Committees.
Their duties include educating the local community about the project so they understand the benefits of protecting fish stocks, checking that all fishers are using recommended fishing gear and monitoring beaches and fish breeding areas for illegal activity.
They are also able to fine illegal activity and/or confiscate fishing gear, make sure fishers observe the closed season and make sure that only registered fishers are using their beaches.