Oil exploration set to begin in Lake Malawi

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Nkhata Bay, Lake Malawi. Photo by JackyR. CC BY-SA 3.0

Shortly after a call for referendum on oil exploration in Lake Malawi, a UAE oil company was given the go-ahead to begin looking for oil. Hamra Oil Holdings Limited, based in the United Arab Emirates, will begin exploration in various districts along Lake Malawi. Most notably is Nkhata Bay, where many cichlids popular in the hobby can only be found. They include Cynotilapia zebroides Nkhata Bay, Labidochromis caeruleus Nkhata Bay and Aulonocara sp. “Chitande Type North”. Oil exploration poses an additional threat to these and many other species of cichlids in Lake Malawi. To read about this developing story, visit the article on the Nyasa Times website.

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