FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 426/2
Management, Co-Management or no Management?
Major Dilemmas in Southern African Freshwater Fisheries
Cover photograph: Lake Chilwa, Paul van Zwieten, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The set-up is by A van tot Z.
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Jul-Larsen, E.; Kolding, J.; Overå, R.; Raakjær Nielsen, J.; Zwieten, P.A.M. van (eds.). Management, co-management or no management? Major dilemmas in southern African freshwater fisheries. 2. Case studies.
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 426/2. Rome, FAO. 2003. 271p.
This report contains ten case studies which serve as background for a synthesis report published in FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 426/1. They have been conducted in five medium sized lakes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Five of the case studies focus on biological and environmental effects while the remaining five are concerned with historical and sociological analysis. In different ways all the case studies focus on some of the following three features, relevant for the management of freshwater fisheries in the South Africa Development Community (SADC) region:
- How has fishing effort developed in these lakes over the last 50 years?
Despite a considerable increase in the total fishing effort in the region, the report demonstrates great variation in effort dynamics both in time and place. Most papers distinguish between changes related to the number of people and changes in technology and investment patterns and show that most of the increases in effort have been population-driven. Only in the case of Lake Malombe have changes in effort mainly been investment-driven.
- What causes the changes in fishing effort?
The sociological papers show that the level of mobility among fishermen - into as well as out of the fisheries sector - is considerable and this mobility is strongly influenced by economic features external to the sector (such as changes in the Copperbelt economy for Lakes Mweru and Kariba or that of the South African mines for Lake Malombe). Changes in the number of fishermen also depend on the effectiveness of the local access regulating mechanisms found to exist in all the lakes. The moderate prevalence of investment-driven changes in these fisheries is analysed with reference to deficiencies in infrastructure, credit support and complex and often unclear social relations prevailing at the local level. When occurring, investment-driven increases are generally induced by access to external financial sources. Finally, one paper compares fisheries regulations in Zambia and Zimbabwe and shows how regulations in both countries -rather than being based on data from the fisheries development - seem to reflect certain historical concerns which have been important for the states with regard to fish.
- How do fishing effort and environmental factors compare in their effects on the regeneration of fish stocks?
The biological papers show that in the five lakes studied, environmental drivers are often more significant than fishing effort in explaining changes in fish production and the strong environmental influence is not only restricted to cases where environmental variability is very high (e.g. Lake Chilwa). Total yields in the multispecies and multigear fisheries are surprisingly stable over a large range of effort levels, but changes in species and size composition are considerable. So, in these fisheries with small-scale operations there is limited danger in increased diversification of fishing patterns and they are close to an overall unselective and ecologically sound fishing pattern, highly adaptive to changing conditions. The only case where fishing effort can be said arguably to have led to reduction in catches is on Lake Malombe and there it is found that increased gear efficiency is the probable cause for reduced fish stocks.
Part 1 [108 Kb]
Preparation of this document
Biological and environmental studies
Part 2 [808 Kb]
Mweru-Luapula is an open exit fishery where a highly dynamic population of fishermen makes use of a resilient resource base - P.A.M. van Zwieten, P.C. Goudswaard and C.K. Kapasa
2. MATERIALS AND METHODS
3. MWERU-LUAPULA: PHYSIOGRAPHY, PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTIVITY
4. EFFORT DEVELOPMENT IN MWERU-LUAPULA, AN OPEN-EXIT FISHERY
5. SELECTIVITY OF GEARS USED IN THE FISHERY
6. CHANGES IN THE FISH COMMUNITY OF LAKE MWERU IN RELATION WITH EFFORT AND WATER LEVEL
Part 3 [792 Kb]
The Bangweulu swamps - A balanced small-scale multispecies fishery - J. Kolding, H. Ticheler and B. Chanda
2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
3. MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS
6. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS
Part 4 [523 Kb]
Inshore fisheries and fish population changes in Lake Kariba - J. Kolding, B. Musando and N. Songore
2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
3. MATERIALS AND METHODS
4. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Part 5 [519 Kb]
Environmental variability, effort development and the regenerative capacity of the fish stocks in Lake Chilwa, Malawi - P.A.M. van Zwieten and F. Njaya
2. OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY AND RESEARCH STRATEGY
5. CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION
Part 6 [519 Kb]
Effort development and the collapse of the fisheries of Lake Malombe: Does environmental variability matter? - P.A.M. van Zwieten, F. Njaya and O. Weyl
2. RESEARCH STRATEGY: DATA, INFORMATION AND EVALUATION
4. CONCLUSION AND DISCUSSION
Part 7 [593 Kb]
Sociological and historical studies
Technological change and economies of scale in the history of Mweru-Luapulas fishery (Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo) - David Gordon
The lords of Malombe; an analysis of fishery development and changes in fishing effort on Lake Malombe, Malawi - M. Hara and E. Jul-Larsen
Market development and investment bottlenecks in the fisheries of Lake Kariba, Zambia - Ragnhild Overå
Analysis of effort dynamics in the Zambian inshore fisheries of Lake Kariba - Eyolf Jul-Larsen
Colonial and postcolonial fisheries regulations: the cases of Zambia and Zimbabwe - Isaac Malasha
Part 8 [59 Kb]
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