Alarm over fish in Lake Malawi
Blantyre - The supply of fish in the world's eighth-largest lake has plunged by more than 90% over two decades, according to researchers who say more fish farms must be built to reduce fishing pressure on Lake Malawi.
Dr Daniel Jamu, a senior scientist at the World Fish Centre in Malawi, said the nation needs to find alternatives for the falling stocks of fish.
The amount of fish from Lake Malawi has declined from about 30 000 metric tons a year 15 to 20 years ago to currently 2 000 metric tons per year, according to Raphael Mwenenguwe of the Research Into Use office.
A drop in the lake's water levels in recent years caused the decline, Mwenenguwe said, along with population growth and overfishing.