Climate change to impact on fisheries


The Department of Fisheries has said climate change is greatly affecting the social economic role of the fisheries sector extending to capture fisheries, aquaculture and aquarium fish trade sub-sectors.

Director of Fisheries, Masankho Bulirani, said the fisheries sector has a potential to boost the country’s economy but a number of factors including climate change are undermining its potential.

“The number of people catching fish has increased meaning there is overfishing but also in recent times, we have seen a change of weather, climate change and also the water levels have lowered, these have led to failure in reproduction of fish which undermines the aquatic system,” he said.


The country generates revenue of close to K52 billion from the fisheries sector which represents four percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“The contribution of fish is something which is broad base, but other than that, there is a question of employment, over half a million people are employed in the fisheries sector and moving to the national level currently, we are talking about K52 billion as being the value that comes from the fisheries sector,”

Bulirani, however, said the contribution of the fisheries sector to the GDP has remained stagnant at four percent.


“These are figures which are relative, they depend on how the other sectors perform. If you look at the production of fish in the last four years, the amount of fish landing has been increasing because there has been a bigger increase in Usipa which accounts for 60 percent landing,” he said.

According to Bulirani, the GDP contribution from the fisheries sector can increase if there improvements in the performance of other sectors like tourism and forestry.

According to the 2015 annual economic report, in terms of fish sales, the fisheries sector gained a total of K74.33 billion.

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