Inland Fisheries

Developing community-based management of fishery resources in small water bodies: A Case Study of Mwenje Dam, Zimbabwe. ALCOM Field Document No. 26.

Managing inland fisheries

This paper describes an ALCOM pilot project to introduce community-based fisheries management at Mwenje dam, Mazowe District, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe. It was carried out during 1991–93, and consisted of two activities:

  1. assisting the community around Mwenje to set up a legal community-based institution to manage the dam.

  2. carrying out test fishing to determine the state of fish stocks, fishing pressure on the dam and current yields.

An RRA (Rapid Rural Appraisal) around Mwenje dam conducted in 1991 led to the pilot project.

The paper reproduces the management plans for Mwenje dam formulated by the Mwenje Dam Committee.