Ornamental fish export trade in Malawi

By Msukwa, Amulike V & Ian. G. Cowx, Jonathan P. Harvey

Journal of Fish Biology, 17-Nov-2021. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14948


" This study investigated aspects of the ornamental fish export trade in Malawi to understand potential impacts of the trade on exploited fish populations in Lake Malawi and recommend measures for management of the ornamental fishery. Information about the ornamental fish export trade in Malawi was sourced from hard copy file records maintained by the Department of Fisheries between 1998 and December 2019 and semi-structured interviews with ornamental fish exporters in Malawi. The information reported in this paper include: ornamental fish capture process and localities of capture within Lake Malawi, number of ornamental fish exporters, fish export volumes and values in US Dollars equivalent at 2020 prices, export destinations, temporally shifts in fish collection localities, species exported and their conservation status. These results are discussed in relation to management of the ornamental fishery in Malawi and many recommendations have been proposed relating to sustainability of the ornamental fishery in Malawi. Since there are many common issues that affect ornamental fisheries worldwide, the findings and recommendations of this study may be applicable for management of many other ornamental fisheries worldwide "

Classification: Commercialization, Lake Malawi.

Language: English

Msukwa, Amulike V & Ian. G. Cowx, Jonathan P. Harvey. 2021. "Ornamental fish export trade in Malawi". Journal of Fish Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14948 (crc11742) (abstract)