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On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023

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During last months’ WhyAfrica Overland Road Trip through Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, and South Africa, we jumped onto a fishing boat in Malawi and headed to Lizard Island to find out more about the fishing communities and sustainable fishing in Salima and Senga Bay. Image credit: Leon Lou for WhyAfrica

On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023

Subsistence fishing is the main economic activity of communities living on the shores and islands of Lake Malawi. The sustainable utilisation of fish populations is therefore an important aspect of environmental management in Malawi.

By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine

During last months’ WhyAfrica Overland Road Trip through Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, and South Africa, we jumped onto a fishing boat in Malawi and headed to Lizard Island to find out more about the fishing communities and sustainable fishing in Salima and Senga Bay. In the video below we are on the way back from the island to the town of Salima via Senga Bay. Lizard Island is behind us.

Lizard Island, Salima and Senga Bay (On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023)

Lizard island is best known the high diversity of tropical fish found in the rock pools and crevices around it and for the unique population of lizards inhabiting its rocky slopes.

Salima, a town in central Malawi near the southwestern shore of Lake Malawi, developed as a commercial centre after completion of the Blantyre-Salima railway in the 1930s.

The town served as the road and rail terminus for the agricultural produce of the entire northern region until the railway was extended north and west in the 1970s.

Besides subsistence fishing, agriculture and pulpwood milling are the major economic activities. Cotton and rice are two important agricultural products.

To the east of Salima town is Senga Bay. This beautiful bay is the closest point on Lake Malawi to the country’s capital, just one and a half hours’ drive due east from Lilongwe.

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On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023

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On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023

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