Thursday, August 22, 2013

International Zambezi Classic Fishing Competition: 20-24 August 2013

The International Zambezi Classic angling competition hosted by the Nwanyi Angling Club started on Tuesday, 20 August with the official opening and the Captains meeting. This competition has a long and proud  history of over 20 years of competitive angling during these annual events. 

The budget for this years competition is more than N$1.3 million. It contributes to the local economy and the development of the local Sikunga Conservancy. The Conservancy benifitted financially from this event. A  motorised boat was donated to the conservancy during the 2012 competition. They also receive fuel for patrols in the Sikunga channel.  The simbiotic relationship between the Nwanyi Angling Club and the Sikunga Conservancy has led to the protection of fish in the Sikunga channel for a sustainable fishery that can support and improve the income and livelihoods of the community members.

This years competition will also include a mokoro competition with prices for the best mokoro anglers. 

The boat that was donated to the Sikunda Conservancy during a prior competition
Some of the over 80 boats that will participate in this years competition

Mr. Strys Coertzen, Chairperson of the Mwanyi Angling Club handing over gift vouchers to the Sikunga Conservancy Fish Gaurds during the official opening of the competition
Some of the MFMR staff members from Katima Mulilo officiating at the competition
Participating anglers during the official opening of the competition
The full report of the competition will be published once available...


Maun Lodge

The SAREP meeting to discuss the Cubango/Kavango/Okavango Transboundary Management Plan took place in Maun, Botswana from 14 to15 August 2013. The venue for the meeting was the Maun lodge. Fisheries delegates and stakeholders from Angola, Botswana and Namibia attended the meeting.

The the Cubango/Kavango/Okavango Transboundary Management Plan was discussed in detail. Group meetings took place to develop logframes with activities for the mainsteaming of the specific objectives of the management plan with workplans of the different countries.

Participants of the SAREP meeting in Maun with Dr. Clinton Hay (Unam/NNF) and Mark Paxton (Lodge owner, Namibia) to his right. Denis Dweddle (NNF) busy with his presentation

The Angola Fisheries delegation with Francisco Almeida (L)  and Manuel N Alexandre to his right


Prof. Rana visted Namibia with an official FAO mission  "Project GCP/NAM/014/SPA" which have the overall objective to improve the genetic potential of Three Spotted Tilapia (Oreochromis Andersonii) for aquaculture production through  selective breeding. The mission took place from the 5th  to the 17th of August 2013. Prof. Rana met Aquaculture staff from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) at Omahenene/Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center from 8 to 11 August. He then travelled to Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) where he inspected the facilities and met with Aquaculture staff at KIFI from 13 to 14 August 2013.

The first phase will deal with the development of a founder population. Selection from the founder population will then aim at developing an improved Three Spot Tilapia for commercial production purposes. This proses will take years with extreme dedication and commitment required from MFMR research staff to be successfull.  

Prof. Rana explaining technical issues regarding the breeding project to MFMR staff and Vietnamese's TA's at Omahenene/Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center
Prof. Rana inspecting equipment and giving advice in the brooding house for the production of fry for the breeding project
A more comprehensive summary of the mission report will be published once available.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Temporary Workers back in Action at KIFI and other Inland Fisheries Centers: August 2013

Some of the 20 temporary workers employed at KIFI 
The 20 temporary workers from Kamutjonga village started working again on the 1st of August 2013when approval was received for employment on a one year basis. KIFI welcomes you back. We are greatfull for your inputs. The terrein look beautifull...!!! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

MFMR and Unam Practical Aquaculture Training Kicks Off After Recess During July

Students during a prior lecturing session
The joint MFMR/UNAM practical training course for farmers and MFMR staff  aimed at improving technical competency in freshwater aquaculture in Namibia started again on Monday 5 August 2013 after a recess in July.  Mrs. E. Ndivayele, a MFMR, Fisheries Biologist from Epalela Fish Farm started the proceedings with lecturing on Monday. 

Students said they were well rested and ready for the programme... 

Mahangu Game Reserve Fish Disease (EUS) Survey: 2-4 August 2013


Some of the boats and anglers from Crokango Angling Club that assisted the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources at KIFI with the EUS survey in Mahangu Game reserve

Recreational angling events and angling competitions are valuable platforms for fisheries research in Namibia. MFMR fisheries research uses gillnets which catch a very small number of the large fish that leads to under representation of large fish. Recreational (sport fishermen) anglers can catch large numbers of large fish (with sport fishing techniques) which iron out the under representation of large fish during surveys. Angling events and angling competitions also provide an opportunity to monitor fish diseases such as Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome (EUS) among large fish.

Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI). Next to Mahango Game Park. Yellow line on the bottom is Botswana border
Fish with ulcers and lesions had been noticed in fish caught either by the public or during sampling activities conducted by MFMR staff. These fish are suspected to be infected with a fish disease called Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome (EUS). The occurrence of the fish disease was first reported in Namibia in Caprivi region in November 2006. In September 2008, EUS spread further to the Kavango region and was confirmed on fish farms of Kavango region
 This report consists of data collected from 02 – 04 August 2013 in the Mahango Game Park. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources at KIFI (Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute) invited 8 professional anglers from the Crokango Angling Club to assist in the collection of suspected fish with lessions that might be EUS.

Table 1: Suspected EUS fish by MFMR and Crokango anglers at Mahango game park

Total fish per species
Suspected EUS Fish in numbers
Clarias gariepinus

Hydrocynus vittatus
Oreochromis andersonni
Sargochromis giardi
Serranchromis altus
Serranchromis robustus
Serranochromis angusticeps
Serranochromis thumbergi
Serranochromis macrocephalus

 The table above illustrates the number of different fish species caught during the period 02 – 04 August 2013. The most abundant species being Serranchromis altus with 88 landed and 8 suspected fish sampled. Oreochromis andersonni was the least abundant with 1 being caught with suspected EUS lesions. 
Mr. Alex Muhero (KIFI) with  a Threespot tilapia (Oreochromis andersonni). One of the fish with lessions taken for sampling 
All suspected EUS fish had an average total length of about 350mm. The weights of most fish ranged from 1.5 to 3 kg.  Suspected EUS Samples will be taken for laboratory testing, therefore, results are still pending. 

Data Information found in this report reveals the possibility that fish of the Kavango River are still prone to have  EUS. Thus, more research is needed to monitor the situation on a continious bases to monitor the  spread on EUS.

Angling facts:

Water condition: 
17 degrees celuis, mercy to clear water. Most fish caught next to reed banks and in backwaters and lagoons (shallow at about 1-1.5m) behind sand banks.
One of the Backwaters of Okavango in Mahangu Game Park
Tackle used: 

Mostly small plastics with 1/4 ounce jig heads and smaller. Also small efzet spinners and small rapala, halco and other brand lures. Largemouths  were biting on the bottom. Most success was achieved when small plastics were pulled along the bottom next to reed banks or in backwaters and lagoons behind sand banks.

Largemouth (Serranchromis altus) with plastic (drop shot) still in his mouth

Largemouth (Serranchromis altus) with plastic (drop shot 1/4 ounce jig) still in his mouth
Dawid Burger with a Nembwe (Serranchromis robustus) caught in backwater with dropshot (1/4 ounce jig)
Dawid with a Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus vittatus) caught on 1/2 ounce jig (dropshot) and plastic minnow (paddle tail)
Jig head still in tigers mouth. Minnow gone...with such teeth
Alex Muhero with a Largemouth (Serranchromis altus) caught next to reed bank

KIFI Fish Collection Project: FAO Namibia/MFMR: Prof. Paul Skelton: 29-30 July 2013

Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) was so fortunate to host the well known and respected Prof. Paul Skelton during his mission with FAO to establish a Musuem for fish collection at KIFI. Prof. Skelton is the author of the very popular book " Fishes of Southern Africa". It was a great honor to be graced by his presence at KIFI.

The main purpose of his mission was to identify possible facilities at KIFI that is suitable for the purpose of  fish collection and actions to establish such a facility. The KIFI fish processing facility that is currently not in use proofed to be a very suitable facility for the purpose of fish collection.

Staff members were very exited to meet prof. Skelton in person and have a photo taken with him.

Mr. Burger with Prof. Skelton and his famous publication on Fishes of Southern Africa
Mr. H. Khaebeb, Van, Sitengu and Simasiku with Prof. Skelton