Aug 19, 2017 Last Updated 2:22 PM, Aug 18, 2017

Malawi’s Chambo fish towards extinction

Lake Malawi's Chambo fish is at the risk of extinction Lake Malawi's Chambo fish is at the risk of extinction
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The number of Chambo fish in the waters of Malawi’s lakes is continuously decreasing each passing year, raising fears of the extinction of the specie.

Director of Fisheries in the department of fisheries, Alex Bulirani confirmed to Capital FM that the population of the fish is indeed going down.

Lake Malombe is the worst case as it no Chambo fish at the moment,  according to Bulirani. 

He attributed the development to illegal fishing practice including the use of non-recommended fishing gear is heavily contributing to the loss. Many fishermen are using illegal fishing gears such as mosquito nets.

Chambo specie of fish is only found in Malawi in the whole world, making it a rear breed hence the need for preservation.

Bulirani however, said they are working on some incentives to breed the fish in their department as a preservation measure and to improve the fish population.

In view of the extinction fears’, the authorities are therefore asking fishermen to observe the close fishing season for Chambo during its breeding seasons.

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