Dry Lake Ngami spells financial drought for local fishermen

With water levels at Lake Ngami at a worrying low, the region’s long-suffering fisherman are set to suffer more economic distress.

The lack of water has led to a lack of fish, putting the start of the fishing season, which is scheduled to commence next Thursday (1st of March), in doubt.

Concerned locals remain hopeful that the current rains together with the expected annual flooding between June/July will top up the lake before it dries completely.

Located roughly 100kms away from Maun, Lake Ngami has long been an important source of economy for communities in Ngamiland who practiced commercial fishing at the area.

However, the flow of a promising business was recently disrupted by the Government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, who suspended fishing activity in the area for 2015 and much of 2016.

The community has also been hit hard by the on-going 12 month ban on exporting dried fish to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia – a ban that was introduced in April last year in an effort to replenish the dwindling numbers of fish in the lake.

 

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