Today is #WorldFisheriesDay and we’re working to improve the ﬁsh stocks in Lake Malawi. Overﬁshing in Malawi is a huge problem and one of the biggest challenges is the use of mosquito nets as ﬁshing nets. Aid organisations hand out mosquito nets, some of which are sold to ﬁshermen who sew them together into long nets. These nets catch ﬁsh of all sizes, including baby ﬁsh drastically reducing the ﬁsh population.
Ripple Africa are empowering communities to own both the problem and the solution. Our mantra is to keep it simple and it will work. Now Fish Conservation Committees are empowered to manage the ﬁshing in their areas.
Thanks to these committees, ﬁshermen are already catching larger and more ﬁsh, which is improving their income as well as protecting ﬁsh resources for future generations.