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Private sector pays for communal fish wardens

Avatar of inke inke - 04. December 2018 - Environment, Gondwana Collection

Sikunga fish wardens in their uniforms. Thanks to the initiative of various private companies they receive a monthly salary and other benefits.

Dirk Heinrich

Fish wardens of the Sikunga Conservancy pulled an illegal net containing 341 fish from a tributary of the Zambezi in September this year (2018). The tributary, known as the Kalimbeza Channel, is a fish sanctuary on the Namibian side of the river. The Nwanyi Angling Club and Zambezi Mubala Camp are situated on this riverbank, with Zambezi Mubala Lodge at the far end of the tributary. Neither Namibians nor Zambians are permitted to cast their nets or fishing lines there, but nevertheless they do, and the fish wardens wage a relentless battle against illegal fishing activities. It seems that mostly Zambians pole their traditional mokoros (dugouts) to the Namibian side in the dark of night and throw banned monofilament nets or longlines in the fish protection area. They are back before sunrise to haul in the catch and quickly return to the Zambian side. Another record was set in July this year when fish wardens were able to confiscate a longline with a total of 328 hooks.

For more info about the Sikunga fish wardens please visit Namibia Outdoor.

Fish wardens of the Sikunga Conservancy on patrol with one of the sponsored boats.

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