Inland Fisheries

Fisheries Management of small water bodies in seven Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fisheries Circular No. 933.

Managing inland fisheries

The current interest in small water bodies derives mainly from their utilization for fisheries enhancement, which involves guidance on stocking, exploitation and species management in order to obtain optimum yield on a sustainable basis. The present study is an attempt to probe into the national experience in management of small water bodies in a selected few tropical countries with a view to gauging the resource size and assessing the strength, weaknesses and issues involved in their management from a global perspective in order to facilitate bilateral or multilateral interaction among nations displaying similar characteristics. This report provides an overview of the small water bodies and their fisheries in southern Africa, Asia and Latin America, represented by Zimbabwe, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico. It depends heavily on the secondary data collected from various government agencies of the countries. A main constraint has been the remote and nondescript nature of the resources, the details of which, if available, were scattered among various agencies. Nevertheless, major facets of fisheries management in small water bodies in the seven countries have been highlighted. The main emphasis was on the resource size, organization of fisheries, fisheries management and species management, depending on the availability of data and information. An endeavour has also been made to offer policy prescriptions of operational significance for streamlining the fishery management of small water bodies, particularly the reservoirs and other man-made impoundments which have promising fishery potential.