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Malawi and Mozambique have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on fisheries and aquaculture management

Fish-AfricaAbout 95,000 people work for fishing industry in Mozambique. (Image source: Tfgsummit/Flickr)

Allan Chiyembekeza, minister of agriculture at Malawi, said that the MoU would help in the management of fisheries in the water bodies shared by the two countries, which include Lake Malawi, Chiuta, Chilwa and Shire rivers.

“We need to identify management strategies that will facilitate recovery of the declining fisheries and aquaculture industry in both the countries,” he added.

Victor Borges, Mozambican minister of fisheries, noted that the agreement would reinforce the sustainable management of the shared lake and river resources by addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Fish is the most important source of protein in Malawi. The fishing industry is also an important source of employment in the country. However, due to over exploitation of this resource, the total production has declined drastically, according to Chiyembekeza.