Fishing activities closed at Zambezi

17 Dec 2015 20:40pm
KATIMA MULILO, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – Fishing activities in the Zambezi River have been halted to allow fish stocks there to increase.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Bernhard Esau called media conference and made the announcement here on Thursday, saying the ministry has put a stop to fishing activities in the Zambezi Region to allow the fish to spawn without disturbance.
Esau explained that the move to close off all fishing activities, except for recreational angling, is to allow for improved management of fisheries resources that are becoming depleted in the river due to over-fishing.
The ban on fishing in the Zambezi River system and its tributaries came into effect on 01 December 2015 and will only be reopened on 28 February 2016.
“This closed season will provide for improved management of fisheries resources in the river. The fish will be allowed to grow and spawn without any disturbance and this will ensure improved catches when the area is opened again,” the minister said.
Esau added that inspectors from the Zambezi Inland Aquaculture Centre in Katima Mulilo will effectively implement the order until February, and urged communities living along the river and lakes to comply with the order.
He also said both the Sikunga channel, which falls under Sikunga Conservancy in the Kalimbeza area, and the Kasaya channel situated in the Impalila Conservancy, are now fisheries reserves.
This comes after the conservancies identified the need to protect the fish stocks in the two channels.
“Extensive consultations with all stakeholders started a long time ago and culminated in a request from the fisheries management committee of Sikunga Conservancy for the ministry to acknowledge the reserves,” Esau said.