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African Fishing : Unofficial world record black marlin

on 2017/7/5 10:30:00 (605 reads)

Peet Botha with a Unofficial world record black marlin off 275kg weighed gutted as it needed to be weighed in 2 pieces.Click to see original Image in a new window

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African Fishing : South Africa: Croc grabs man sleeping fisherman

on 2014/1/30 15:39:58 (1636 reads)

An angler who was camping at a dam in Limpopo has told how he managed to escape from the jaws of a crocodile.

Beeld reported on Thursday that Bazil Roth, from Botswana, and his friend Barend Lamprecht were at the Rust de Winter dam in Limpopo over the weekend when a crocodile grabbed Roth's foot and tried to drag him out of his tent while they were sleeping.

According to Roth, the 2.4-metre-long crocodile had first tried to grab Lamprecht, and had left bite marks on the tent.

A while later, Roth said he felt something grabbing his foot and dragging him out of the tent. He screamed and kicked as hard as he could, managing to get his foot free.

His sleeping bag was still in the crocodile's mouth.

Lamprecht jumped out of the tent and started throwing tent pegs, camping chairs and fishing rods at the reptile, which then retreated back into the water.

Roth said he only suffered minimal injuries on his foot.

The pair later moved their camp further away, telling Beeld their lucky escape is a lesson to anglers not to camp too close to the water's edge ... sleeping-in-tent-20140130

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African Fishing : Mozambique: Bazaruto:Wave Walker 2013 marlin season is on track.

on 2013/10/19 20:10:00 (1783 reads)

Click to see original Image in a new window“We have had 6 marlin hits 3 got away and 3 were successful releases in 6 days of fishing and the conditions are improving every day” says Neels Cornelius owner of Wave Walker. “There are unbelievably large quantities of all kinds of sea-life around. Whales are broaching for hours on end, dolphin packs are swimming past, flying fish and bait-balls with flocks of birds catching them can be seen all over the place even sharks can be seen diving through the bait balls. Other than Marlin we have had hook-ups with Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, and King Mackrel. The Marlins caught and released were in the order of 450, 220 and 350 pounds”.

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African Fishing : Uganda: Two Fishermen Drown During Clash 'With Hippos'

on 2013/6/11 16:34:53 (2040 reads)

A would-be fishing trip turned tragic for two Kasese youth on Sunday night when they drowned as their fishing boat capsized in an alleged clash with hippopotamuses.

The incident occurred on Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kasese district police commander (DPC) Michael Musani Sabila identified the two young men as Peter Masereka, 19, of Kyanya, Maliba sub-county and 22-year-old Paulo Muhindo of Rusese, Bwera sub-county.

Their bodies were found floating on the lake's waters Monday afternoon.

The recovery of the bodies started from an operation led by the in-charge of Kahendero Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) ranger post, Corporal Michael Amuriat, using an engine boat.

The DPC said the pre-dawn incidence could have likely occurred at around 2.00am local time (EAT), some three kilometres inside Lake George from Kahendero fish-landing village in Muhokya sub-county.

According to authorities, the nature of damage on the boat involved indicated that there was a clash with the animals.

DPC Musani said the incident occurred when the duo's boat reportedly collided with hippos, which must have then reacted by fighting back, judging from the damaged boat.

"According to information we have, the area is a breeding place for hippos. We suspect that the hippos must have hit back, especially to protect their young," the police commander said on Monday.

Three other fishermen have died in the same area this year, he said.

According to Kahendero residents and the LC1 chairman, Mambo Mugisha, the area of where the incident took place is a such a favorite breeding spot for hippos that it has been named kigomborora, (more like sub-county headquarters).

Muhokya LC3 chairperson, Ernest Kasole, said that the deceased fishermen were new in the area, and had fished for about two months.

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African Fishing : Angola: World Record, 102-Pound Barracuda Caught

on 2013/4/15 7:44:59 (839 reads)

Field & Stream profiled Thomas Gibson Jr. of Houston as “Texas’ tarpon guru,” in 1991. At the time he'd caught 973 tarpon—including the Texas state record and two International Game Fish Association line-class records.

Gibson, 75, has since run his tally to more than 1,400 tarpon and counting, and he’s added a lot more noteworthy catches to his name, including several IGFA line-class records and a 230-pound tarpon caught in 1993 (pictured at bottom) that still reigns as the Louisiana state record. But none surprised him nearly as much as his most recent catch, a 102-pound Guinean barracuda that is the pending IGFA all-tackle world record.

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Gibson caught the ’cuda February 14 while trolling for tarpon near the mouth of the Cuanza River in Angola. He has traveled to the west coast of Africa for the past nine years to chase the fish that hooked his heart back in 1949, when he caught his first one as an 11-year-old boy near his childhood home on the Panama Canal.

“I’ve fished all over the world,” Gibson says. “Gabon, Angola, Louisiana, Texas, Boca Grande, Key West. Everywhere there are tarpon. Always looking for the biggest ones.”

Fishing on the Cuanza proved to be slow during his seven-day trip in February. Along a stretch of coastline where last year he caught 28 tarpon—10 of them over 200 pounds—this year he tempted only one strike, and that fish broke off. So Gibson suggested to his fishing partner, Cam Nicolson, that they troll in order to try to locate the tarpon. That’s when the barracuda struck.

“He pulled out all kinds of line,” Gibson says. “Oh, man! We’re looking back, waiting for this thing to jump. It never jumped.”

Gibson says tarpon hooked in the top of the mouth often don’t leap, and he told Nicolson that was exactly what he believed had happened with his red-and-white Rapala lure. It took him only 10 minutes to get the fish to the boat, and seeing the shape of it in the murky water below, he still couldn’t say for sure what he’d caught.

“All of a sudden I pulled it up, and Cam said, ‘Jesus! What is that? It looks like a crocodile with no legs!’”

With only a small hand-gaff aboard, the anglers were underequipped to deal with an intimidatingly toothy barracuda, especially one nearly seven feet long. But once they hauled it over the gunwales, Gibson says, “It never wiggled again.”

Nicolson and his family, who live in Angola, hold several barracuda records themselves. “They’ve caught probably a dozen record fish on his boat,” says Gibson, who usually releases every catch. “He said he’d never seen anything like this. He thought we’d better take it in, so that’s what we did.”

The big barracuda weighed 46.4 kilograms—102 pounds, 8 oz.—narrowly topping the current all-tackle IGFA world record, a 45.9-kilo (101-pound, 3 oz.) fish caught in the west African country of Gabon in 2002 by Dr. Cyril Fabre. Gibson’s unexpected prize stretched an impressive 6' 10.7" long, with a girth of 27 inches.

If final approval is granted by IGFA, as expected, the record will be the second all-tackle mark for Gibson, a former employee of NASA who managed spacecraft software on the Mercury, Apollo and Space Shuttle projects from 1959 to 1996. His first, a Jack Crevalle caught in 1982, was bested in 1991 by his buddy Nicolson. The Texas state record, a 210-pound tarpon, was broken in 2009 after 36 years in the book. In fact, of the nine records he has earned in a lifetime of fishing, only the Louisiana state-record tarpon and the world-record barracuda are current. “The rest are, as they say, ‘retired,’” Gibson says. “Like me.”

On his way to catching more than 1,400 tarpon, 90 of which were more than 200 pounds, one big record has eluded Gibson.

“I’d rather have the all-tackle tarpon record—in fact, I was in a boat 300 yards away when the guy caught the 286-pounder that is the current world record—but this barracuda was certainly good,” he says. “It made the trip worthwhile. Anytime you catch a really outstanding fish, it’s exciting. They’re all good.” ... cord-all-tackle-barracuda

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African Fishing : Kenya: I Float On Sea for Eight Hours in Search of Octopus

on 2013/3/4 4:39:34 (771 reads)

Pascal Yaa is not your ordinary fisherman. He is a floater. He doesn't need a boat or life vest to go fishing; he takes full advantage of the water's upthrust - buoyancy - which enables solid items stay afloat. He only uses goggles and flippers.

Armed with a spear in hand, and a sack tied to his waist, Yaa starts his day at high tide. This usually ranges from 5.30am to 6am depending on the lunar calendar. The water level is usually determined by the moon's gravitational pull. Yaa floats himself to the coral reef beyond the shores of Bamburi beach. This is about an hour and a half of floating from shore. He only fishes for octopus.

To make his catch, the fisherman has to make a dive of up to 20 meters deep to spear the eight legged creatures hiding in the sea floor corals.

"I can hold my breath for a maximum of two and a half minutes at this depth," he says.

Many people might gasp at the horrific idea of floating bareback in the deep ocean. But not Pascal, he has 30 years of experience as a fisherman under his belt. After all, he grew up right next to the ocean.

"I was born in Kilifi district where my father worked as a cook for white settlers," he says, recalling his childhood with a twisted smile.

"Each morning, I would make a quick detour to the beach before going to school. I would then be back in the water, swimming and fishing every evening after school."

Having spent every free minute in the water, Yaa is a great swimmer and a self-taught fisherman.

Surprisingly, he was not always a fisherman. After completing his O-Levels at St Georges in Kaloleni, he was employed as an untrained teacher at Takaungu Primary school. He taught in several schools before quitting to follow his love of the sea. He had experience in all methods of fishing, in the end, he decided to settle on octopus hunting, which is dangerous but also profitable.

On a good day, he can accumulate 40kg of octopus in his sack. He floats with his catch back to shore.

"Any good floater must be able to stay above the water for a maximum of eight hours," Yaa says. He sets back on land a little before noon. Having been out at sea for nearly five hours, Yaa is exhausted but has no time to rest. Everybody on the island likes their seafood freshly caught, so he must ensure he sells his catch at the earliest. He co-owns a fish shop with other fishermen. Here they sell their day's catch and by 4pm everything is sold out.

At 4.30pm the father of six heads home in Mtwapa. He is exhausted. He rejuvenates himself by relaxing in the house, catching up on the latest piece of news or playing with his nine grandchildren before going to bed early.

Yaa says he will eat anything from rice, chapati to ugali so long as he has fish as his accompaniment. He bluntly acknowledges that he eats fish from January 1 to December 31, year in year out.

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African Fishing : Kenya: A Fish called Wahoo

on 2012/11/13 10:50:42 (1128 reads)

After more than two hours of a boat ride into the Indian Ocean via Watamu, the fishing line trailing the boat started jerking.

A small commotion followed as the skipper Jackson shouted “Fish!” and immediately turned off the motor. There were six of us rookies in the Hemingways boat, and we all gathered hastily as the boat crew expertly hauled in the feisty fish.

The shiny blue and silver animal with a long sharp snout, black eyes and poky mane-like lines on its spine wiggled vigorously, trying to let go of the hook and jump back into the water. But in a matter of seconds it was breathing its last on one corner of the wooden deck, watching us no doubt as we stared at it in wonder.

We caught a fish. A Wahoo. A massive 12 kilogram beauty that all of us were dying to claim as trophies. And that was just the beginning of a deep-sea fishing venture, one of the growing sporting events at the vast blue surrounding the Watamu Bay.

Enormous, choppy, and magnificent. As far as the eye could see, a wet dark blue expanse was separated only by spots of white waves. The sun shone through the clouds that early morning, making a silver reflection of itself in the water. Looking on keenly, a couple of sea turtles come up for air and vanish as quickly, back into the bottomless pit that I was beginning to realise was a whole new world waiting to be discovered.

Birds circled several spots, indicating that there were goodies underneath. We ambled along waiting for some action. Suddenly Jackson turned the boat and started whistling.

“Did you see the dolphins?! There they are!” he said in an excited shout. He roughly handed me his swanky blue OKEY shades and I could see! Praise Jesus! The shiny blue glare cut the reflection from the bobbing waves and I could suddenly see under the surface of the water! Green, blue, and now two massive dolphins, swimming strong and fast around our boat that looked so small all of a sudden!

They danced together, jumping in and out of the water like professional synchronised swimmers. We clapped and whistled, and then the show ended as quickly as it had begun. This is the deep blue sea, barely eight nautical miles from the beach front of Hemingways Resort.

Ferdinand Omondi of NTV got ready as a second line started jerking, sitting on a special seat at the deck and sweating slightly as he pulled and dipped the line, pulled and dipped, until the fish was brought in. Due to its size, Jackson’s team decided to quickly hook it up and drop it back as live bait for a shark perhaps? I couldn’t wait.

An hour or so later, there was no shark and sadly, neither was there a whale.

The latest fad in Watamu at the moment is whale watching. Every year between July and September, killer whales hunker through the sea around the Kenyan coast, migrating from the nether regions of South Africa and Mozambique.

Some months later, around December, they start making their way back, according to research by the four-year-old Watamu Marine Association.

Chairman Steve Trott says several whales have been spotted and this several dolphins too.

“All whale tails are individual, and this helps us identify the different ones with photographic evidence too. When it comes to dolphins, no two dorsal fins are the same. A lot of fishermen help us by taking pictures of the animals and documenting them with us for records purposes,” he said.

Steve says it’s no small deal that even Killer Whales have been spotted along the bay; massive 9 metre-long creatures that weigh up to 22 tons. Humpback Whales, at 18 metres long, can also be spotted in the ocean waters,

“Now that we know they are here, we want to start documenting the numbers and this will help us with our conservation efforts. One of the crucial things there is education too, and the fishermen around here are very cooperative.”

For visitors to the area, guidelines are available in booklet form and even on, to help encourage responsible tourism. Hemingways Resort are pioneers in supporting the Association, and double up whale watching packages with their deep sea fishing ventures.

In November, more than 80 anglers will converge at Watamu for the Deep Sea Fishing Challenge, where the tag and release method is encouraged. Anglers from as far as South Africa will take their boats out to sample the scenery and enjoy it responsibly.

It is perfect as a break from lions, buffaloes and Bob’s, just remember to carry your sunscreen, drinking water and pills to prevent sea-sickness. ... 0/26/a-fish-called-wahoo/

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African Fishing : South Africa: Fisherman‘s body found in nets

on 2012/9/10 6:54:40 (923 reads)

A fisherman was found dead, trapped underwater in fishing nets near Hermanus on Sunday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

The NSRI sent a rescue team to the scene after a paddler told it about an upturned boat with a small outboard motor, said spokesman Craig Lambinon.

The team recovered the capsized boat, named Orion, and found the body of a man wearing blue overall pants and a black rain jacket with three layers of clothing underneath, he said.

The man had not been identified and it was not known where the boat was from.

The body had been sent to the police's and forensic pathology service. - Sapa ... y-found-in-nets-1.1378690

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African Fishing : Two Durban Fishermen injured by Marlin during competition

on 2014/4/29 14:50:00 (3329 reads)

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Two South African anglers were seriously injured when a hooked marlin launched itself at their boat and smashed through its windscreen, officials said today.

It has emerged, on reflection of this incident, based on doctors findings of the injuries sustained, and based on the two injured men’s accounts of the incident, that the Marlin that jumped into the boat had impaled both men as it crashed over the boat.

It was at first suggested, when NSRI arrived on the scene, that the Marlins bill had impaled both men but this was later discounted by the skipper and his fellow crewman who were trying to make sense of what had actually happened in the incident which lasted only seconds before the Marlin disappeared back into the water over the back of the boat.

But on reflection of the incident by all 4 crewman and based on the extent and nature of the injuries it has been confirmed that severe injuries sustained to both fishermen were caused by the Marlin’s bill which impaled both men as it crashed through and over the boat.

The two injured fishermen are recovering in hospital.

See original media release below:

Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said: “At 11h45, Saturday, 26th April, NSRI Durban crew and Netcare 911 ambulance services, while on stand-by at the NSRI Durban sea rescue base for the Durban Ski-boat Festival, were activated following a request for urgent medical assistance from the 5.5 meter ski-boat MDUDUZE, for two crewmen seriously injured when a Marlin that was being fished using a line and rod jumped into the boat and over the back of the boat during the fishing competition, causing injuries to two of the crewmen, 2.5 nautical miles off-shore of Umdloti which is 12.5 nautical miles from the Port of Durban. There were 4 men on the boat at the time.

“The two men injured are a 35 year old crewman and a 33 year old crewman. Both are from Kloof, Durban. NSRI have not been given permission to release their names.

“According to skipper Marc Gieseler, of Durban, his 35 year old crewman was steering the boat at the time while Marc wrestled to reel in an approximately 140kg Marlin on his rod and line. On reeling the Marlin towards the boat the Marlin had launched out of the water in front of the boat and crashed over the front of the boat and then through the windscreen and the fin of the Marlin clipped the 35 year old man on the left side, chest and back torso, causing him to fall over backwards onto the 33 year old crewman who was then pushed backwards and on falling over backwards he had landed with his back on a fishing rod holder. The incident caused severe injuries to both crewman.

“The 35 year old crewman has a laceration to his back, de-gloving of his rib cage and laceration to his stomach, and the 33 year old crewman has a laceration and puncture wound to his shoulder and back.

“Our NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft EIKOS RESCUER II and MEGAN II, accompanied by a Netcare 911 paramedic and responded. “On arrival on-scene both men were found to be in serious conditions.

“The boat was also found to have sustained extensive damage. “Both patients were transferred onto the sea rescue craft MEGAN II and both were medically treated by the Netcare 911 paramedic, assisted by our NSRI medics, and rushed to our sea rescue station where they were both transferred into a waiting Netcare 911 ambulance and transported to hospital in serious but stable conditions.

“Both crew members are in stable but serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit in hospital and are being cared for by hospital staff. Both men are expected to fully recover.

“The sea rescue craft EIKOS RESCUER II escorted the damaged casualty boat to the Port of Durban. “The skipper has confirmed that the Marlin went over the back of the boat and then disappeared back into the sea. “The sea rescue operation took just over an hour.”

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African Fishing : Mozambique: Grander for Bazaruto

on 2013/10/21 12:30:00 (2140 reads)

Click to see original Image in a new window Bazaruto, Mozambique – Capt. Jason Holtz on Big Bob weighed a 1,018 lbs. Black Marlin. They intended on releasing the fish, but it came up dead. Fish was caught by Stephanie Choate on a small Andy Moyes lure out of V mile in 200 feet of water. Fight time was was 1 Hour and 40 Minutes. Mate Chris Spanky was working the cockpit.

While the catch itself is impressive, Capt. Holtz has now released a Grander Black Marlin in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans and a Grander Blue Marlin in the Pacific and the Atlantic.

The Grander is the Ultimate prize in Big Game Fishing. Anglers will spend a lifetime trying to catch a fish over the magical 1,000 lbs. mark, but only the truly dedicated will achieve this goal. ... 20th-grander-of-the-year/

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African Fishing : Zambia: Four Zawa Officers Arrested for the Murder of Fishermen

on 2013/8/20 17:07:56 (2309 reads)

FOUR Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers have been arrested in connection with the drowning of two Nsumbu fishermen on Lake Tanganyika in Nsama District of Northern Province.

Northern Province police chief Mary Chikwanda and Nsama District Commissioner Panji Chilingala confirmed the incident in separate interviews yesterday.

Ms Chikwanda said the four ZAWA officers, whose names have been withheld, were picked up in Mpulungu where they had fled after the unrest that ensued at their camp following the death of the two fishermen.

The quartet was patrolling the protected area of Lake Tanganyika near Crocodile Farm in Kabyolwe area on July 21 when a light flickered from an approaching boat in the distance carrying nine fishermen.

She said the officers decided to fire warning shots which prompted the fishermen to jump out of the boat and in the process the two brothers drowned while their seven colleagues, managed to swim to safety.

"We managed to apprehend the four ZAWA officers from Mpulungu. They are currently in our custody to help with investigations," Ms Chikwanda said in an interview from Kasama yesterday.

She said after retrieving the bodies of the two brothers, their family initially refused to bury them, while other residents of the fishing camp rioted, burning nine houses belonging to ZAWA officers.

Ms Chikwanda said about 30 police officers were sent to the area to quell the riot and that the two brothers had since been buried and a report from the pathologist from Lusaka is being awaited.

"The initial report we got was five houses were burnt but what I am getting now is that the houses were actually nine. Calm has now returned, the situation is under control," she said.

Mr Chilingala, who is Nsama District Commissioner, said it was unfortunate that the fishermen burnt the houses and also appealed to the Zambia Police to set up a permanent post in the area in order to avert further crime.

Mr Chilingala said currently, police officers and other law enforcement agencies only made patrols once every three months, which he said was not enough to curb rampant crime.

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African Fishing : Uganda: We are losing the Nile Perch

on 2013/4/15 7:48:08 (929 reads)

Lake Victoria is under threat and the very people this water source is supposed to serve are the ones threatening its existence. Today, let's explore why the Nile Perch is almost non-existent in the lake.

More fish factories will close, turning fishermen into economic refugees. Out of the over 20 fish factories in Uganda, only 15 are still operational. In Jinja, two of the four factories have closed down. All the factories are operating below capacity.

Overfishing, catching immature fish, environmental degradation and pollution on Lake Victoria are killing the Nile perch, which forms the backbone of commercial fishing.

The young fish are starving and suffocating to death. The National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) predicts doom if nothing changes.

Information from NaFIRRI indicates that micro-organisms in the lake on which the young fish feed are also dying. This is brought about by the floating algae bloom on the lake that is poisoning the fish and cutting off oxygen supply to marine life.

Elias Muhumuza, a research technician at NaFIRRI, says Nile perch needs a lot more space and dissolved oxygen than other fish.

The lake is dying along with fish because of over fertilisation (eutrophication). This is the process by which a water body becomes rich in dissolved nutrients from fertilisers or sewage, thereby encouraging the growth and decomposition of oxygen — depleting plant life like algae and harming other organisms in the lake.

Algal blooms are normally a result of water pollution (normally caused by untreated waste from industrialisation, urbanisation and agriculture) which are normally experienced in some bays of Lake Victoria like Kitubulu and Murchison bay.

This has an effect on fish and other organisms in the water because the over-growth of algae due to a lot of nutrients and presence of suspended solids in the water reduces light penetration/ transparency, which has a lot of negative effects on all aquatic organisms.

Decomposition/decay of dead algae or other organisms consumes a lot of oxygen and hence competes with the fish, their prey and other aquatic organisms for dissolved oxygen, affecting the stability of the whole aquatic ecosystem.

“The result from the above scenarios is that the fish will die or will be under stressful conditions (due to lack of oxygen and food), meaning they will not be able to reproduce and grow well (the survivors), hence reduced stocks.

Most young Nile perch stay in shallow waters near the shores to avoid high winds and being eaten by bigger Nile perch.

Nile perch is dying young because the organisms the fish feeds on also die,” explains Muhumuza.

Records from NaFFIRI show that the Nile perch has declined from an average of 1.2 million tonnes from 1999 to 2007, to about 800,000 today; while silver fish (mukene) has increased from about 400,000 to one million tonnes over the same period.

Other groups, mainly Nile tilapia (ngegge) and haplochromines (nkejje) have increased from 300,000 to about 600,000 tonnes. However, the trends show that when you compare the two, nkejje seems to have increased while ngegge declined.

“The increase in the smaller fish species is attributed to the decrease on the Nile perch which preys on them. Nile perch is the top predator. Once the number of predators goes down, its prey increases,” says Muhumuza.

Currently, mukene accounts for about 70% of Lake Victoria biomass, overtaking nkejje which accounted for 80% of the lake biomass when the Nile perch was introduced into Lake Victoria in the 1950s and 1960s for sport fishing.

The Nile perch (Latesniloticus) is a species of freshwater fish in the Latidae family of the order Perciformes. The
Nile perch can weigh up to 250kg with an average length of a mature fish averaging 121-137cm (48-54 inches), although many fish are caught before they can grow this large.

Though the introduction of the Nile perch was an ecological disaster that has led to the extinction of some of the indigenous fish species, it increased fish stocks in the lake 10 times, according to NaFFIRI.

The Nile perch was introduced along with two other tilapia species to boost the indigenous tilapia stocks in Lake Victoria which had declined.

The indigenous tilapia has since become extinct.

According to Dr. Dismus Muhumuza, head of aquaculture research at NaFIRRI, the Nile perch was brought with four foreign tilapia species namely: Oreochromis niloticus, Tilapia zillii, Tilapia rendalli and Oreochromis leucostictes.

These species competed with the native tilapia species of Oreochromis variabilis and Oreochromis esculentus as the Nile perch hunted both of them with its biggest appetite directed at the nkejje.

Today figures from NaFIRRI show that Oreochromis variabilis is rare while Oreochromis esculentus is extinct.

The alteration of the native ecosystem had disruptive socioeconomic effects on local communities bordering the lake. Large-scale fishing operations, while earning millions of dollars from exports, have displaced many local people from their traditional occupations in the fishing trade and brought them to fishing villages where scarcity of fish has turned them into economic refugees.

On the flipside, Nile perch stimulated the establishment of large fishing companies and boosted sport fishing tourism in the region, with Murchison Falls considered one of the best fishing destinations in the world.

Every year, anglers from all over the world converge here to hook out Nile perch, weigh the fish and take their pictures with the catch, before releasing them back into the water.

But now, the tide has turned against the Nile perch, with man as its greatest enemy, threatening its existence and the livelihoods of the over 30 million people who depend on Lake Victoria.

“If this trend continues, more factories will have no choice but to close. There will simply be no fish left to sustain the factories,” Muhumuza concludes. ... osing-the-nile-perch.html

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African Fishing : Kenya: Ecologists Oppose Kenya Whale Shark Plan

on 2013/4/5 5:06:26 (833 reads)

Kenya authorities have been urged to halt a German underwater cameraman's plan to capture whale sharks so tourists can dive with them.

The plan has infuriated conservationists, who said claims the scheme would protect the creatures "do not add up" according to an article published by the UK's Daily Telegraph.

The conservationists and wildlife charities including the Born Free Foundation in Britain, called Volker Bassen's plans "flawed and deeply misguided" and appealed to authorities in Kenya to halt the plan immediately.

"The conservation arguments for this project do not add up," said David Obura, Kenyan coordinator for a regional coastal research organisation, Cordio East Africa who spoke to the newspaper is quoted as saying.

Bassen, a diving instructor who runs a whale shark trust, wants to hang nets 2,000ft long in shallow waters off Kenya's Indian Ocean beaches as enclosures for two of the animals where visitors would pay £65 (Sh8,400) each to snorkel or dive with the whale sharks, "and the money would be used to fund protection programmes for them."

The scheme's opponents deny Bassen's claims that whale sharks were increasingly endangered in East African waters, where their liver oil is used to seal fishing boats against rot.

Obura further added: "There is no evidence to suggest whale sharks are being actively hunted, or that numbers are declining as a result."

"You cannot tell me that such a sensitive species which is known to migrate more than 1,800 miles in a year, and dive down to 3,200ft, can be happily confined to a shallow netted pond in the sea, with no possible escape from tourist stress, no ability to feed naturally, nor seek out the natural conditions that suit it at different times of the year, nor socialise," Obura affirmed in the interview.

The animals are the world's largest fish, growing up to 30ft and weighing more than 20 tonnes. "Although they are sharks, they are entirely docile and feed only on plankton that they harvest with their wide mouths," the article says.

Bassen defended the plans saying that the enclosure, south of Mombasa and close to popular tourist beaches at Diani, would double as a marine rescue and rehabilitation centre.

"This is not some hoodlum miss -thought project, my opponents are misinformed," he told the newspaper. "We have been working on this for more than five years, it's a million-dollar investment and we have the support of some of Kenya's leading conservationists."

Research by his East African Whale Shark Trust found 58 whale sharks off Kenya in a two-week period in 2006, but the same study this year identified just five of the creatures in a month of searching.

Some proceeds from the profits of money earned from tourists would pay for local fishermen to process cashew nut shells into oil to be used to caulk their boats. "These beautiful animals are disappearing from our seas because of the demand for their liver oil. We must find an alternative," Bassen claimed.

He is waiting for final approvals from Kenya's National Environmental Management Authority, which is expected to decide whether the project should go ahead this week.

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African Fishing : Botswana bans foreigners from fishing

on 2013/2/27 6:47:50 (815 reads)

Botswana has banned foreigners from fishing, reserving both recreational and subsistence fishing for its citizens, media reports said here on Tuesday.

The reports said fishing camps and lodge owners in the country have been informed that fishing activities are now reserved for citizens only.

“A foreigner who wishes to fish will only do so through a licensed fishing camp and lodge. Therefore fishing camps and lodges are to apply for recreational fishing licenses for their clients,” reads a circular from Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

The fishing restriction has already received mixed reaction, with most businesses criticising it.

The development comes against the backdrop of the recent decision by the government to ban hunting tourism in Botswana by 2014. ... eigners-from-fishing.html

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African Fishing : Zimbabwe: $25 000 monster tiger fish!

on 2012/10/31 4:08:20 (848 reads)

THE monster (11 470kg) tiger fish which Gideon Benade hooked during the Kariba Invitation Tiger Fishing Tournament (KITFT), competed for over three days in debilitating heat last week, won him a brand new Nissan NP200 bakkie valued at about $25 000.

Report by Dusty Miller

The pick-up, donated by Nissan Zimbabwe, was the competition’s major individual prize waiting to be claimed by the angler to capture the biggest tiger fish weighing more than 10kg to be checked in at the Nissan-sponsored and manned weighbay at Charara in Lake Kariba’s Eastern Basin.

Gideon, from the Beatrice area, fishes for Charter X Africom, the team which won the overall tournament against competition from 139 other local, regional and overseas fishing sides.

There was drama and heartache for fisherwoman Michelle Hull from Charter A, who for a few brief moments thought she had won the silver painted two-seater commercial vehicle, having logged in her best catch of the day and event with a mass of 10 370kg. Gideon’s fish pipped hers by more than a kilo when his team weighed in a few minutes later.

The KITFT experimented this year with “catch-and-release”, some 10 volunteer teams having their catches photographed and weights scientifically calculated before being slipped back into the lake with a portion of their tails sliced off for identification purposes.

Organisers insist catch-and-release is the future for local competitive tiger fishing, but not all anglers shared their enthusiasm.

It is not known what percentage of fish returned to the wilds survived the trauma of being hooked, fighting for often up to half an hour and then being handled by sometimes several anglers and/or officials.

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