Forestry and Natural Resources Minister Nancy Tembo has bemoaned climate change effects on fisheries in Africa.
She was speaking in Lilongwe during the opening of the 19th Session of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (Cifaa) that has attracted participants from 37 African countries.
“I call upon countries in the African region to urgently discuss adaptive management measures within the framework of an ecosystem approach to fisheries,” she said.
Tembo said, if well supported and sustainably developed in a regulated and environmentally sensitive manner, fisheries and aquaculture had the potential to contribute significantly to socio-economic development efforts in disadvantaged communities, notably those in developing countries.
Deputy Food and Agriculture Organisation Director for Malawi James Okoth said the meeting was a landmark event for Cifaa member states, as it underscored the vision of governments in placing fisheries and aquaculture at the forefront of development programmes.
The meeting provided an opportunity to African countries to reflect on the impacts of fisheries and reflect on aquaculture measures governments have put in place on food, nutrition and livelihoods.