Conservation: Community development of fishery bylaws

Along Lake Malawi’s shores, the NGO RIPPLE Africa is working with local communities to develop local fish conservation bylaws. These enforce a 4-month closed season to protect fish breeding areas, restrict the length of fishing nets and mesh size, and stop migratory fishers by introducing a local permit system. In each designated area, RIPPLE Africa has set up Fish Conservation Committees which, together with the District Fisheries Department, manage the local permit system and regulate illegal activity. Community theatre is being used to help raise awareness of the project’s success as it spreads to new areas.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.