Fishing within limits
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CTA. 1998. Fishing within limits. Spore 76. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The fishermen of Tikéré, a small village 70 kilometres from Pala, in Chad, have taken steps to protect the natural wealth of lake Trene, by setting up a system to restrict fishing catches, or to forbid them in some areas, or at particular times....
The fishermen of Tikéré, a small village 70 kilometres from Pala, in Chad, have taken steps to protect the natural wealth of lake Trene, by setting up a system to restrict fishing catches, or to forbid them in some areas, or at particular times. At the same time as starting this 'fallow lake' system, they set up a group called Kpingdebbe, a moudang expression for 'Let Us Awaken'. They were supported in this by APRODEPIT, the association for the promotion and development of integrated fisheries in Chad. The use of fishing nets, both small and large meshes, was banned for a long time. Small mesh nets had caught too many young fish; the large mesh nets had cleaned out reproduction nests, algae and residues, thus endangering the renewal of various species. Night-time fishing was banned too, to discourage those wanting to catch caimans and turtles in the dark. Anyone who breaks these conservation measures is liable to pay a fine to the village. After three years of vigilance, not without some violations, people are satisfied with the effects of these measures. Caimans, giant turtles and other aquatic animals have returned, marking a victory for the villagers of Tikéré. Fishing is now allowed two days a week. Catches are handed, in their entirety, to the Kpingdebbe group, which sells the fish to village women, who are also organised into a group. They smoke the fish, and sell it in nearby Léré market. The women were given training in drying and smoking by APRODEPIT, and have a storage facility in the village. Income from sales is used to finance loans to members of Kpingdebbe, and to buy fishing equipment. It is now five years since Kpingdebbe was established and in that time a professional approach to fishing has taken root in village practices, in the same way that the need to protect natural resources ? if fishing is to be rational and sustainable ? has taken root in peoples' thinking. Source: La Voix du paysan, no. 71, published by SAAILD BP 11955 Yaoundé Cameroon.