Fish caught with mosquito net. Source RIPPLE Africa Fish Conservation quick guide PDF
RIPPLE Africa is working to ensure the future of fish stocks in Lake Malawi. While preventing the depletion of fish species used for food they are also protecting cichlid species. As over-fishing has led to a reduction of catches by as much as 90%, many locals have resorted to larger nets with smaller mesh sizes. In many cases, mosquito nets are used along the shore. The result has been that smaller and smaller fish are being caught. The small mesh sizes are also catching unintended fish, like young cichlid fry.
RIPPLE Africa is working at the local level with community-run conservation committees which enforce local bylaws and even provide a 3-month no fishing season. More information on this initiative can be found on TheDailyMeal.com and on the RIPPLEAfrica.org website.