Goodall has been fishing usipa for 20 years in Nkhata Bay District. During this time he resorted to using illegal fishing nets as fish stocks were dwindling and he was desperate to catch something to support his family.
However, Goodall explains that he started using the correct fishing nets when the Fish for Tomorrow project was introduced as he learnt how damaging it was to fish with mosquito nets.
Now he is catching bigger and more fish and is able to save money, so much in fact that he is paying university fees for two of his children including 21-year-old Andrew. Andrew is in his third year studying Biomedical Sciences at Mzuzu University.
Goodall has also saved enough to construct a house and has been able to buy engines for his boat.
He said, “I now help the Fish Conservation Committee with patrols to ensure that no-one is fishing with mosquito nets in the breeding area. I really appreciate how this project has transformed fishing for me. I now catch 10-15 35 litre buckets of good-size fish compared to three buckets of baby usipa fish when I was using the mosquito nets.”