Malawi cichlid friend,
Just back from Malawi where, together
with 9 other
enthusiasts, I saw the ANDs in action! Once you go diving and try to
them without GPS data you’ll have a hard time seeing a single one
Fortunately Alan was there to at least show us one of the devices and
swimming for quite a bit I found another one (photo; with shreds of
still attached). Nevertheless, 6 of them are present in the small bay
Nakantenga Island where 7 other SCUBA divers were swimming around.
we visited Alan in his recently completed lodge and discussed the
of Malawi cichlid conservation. Alan said that the ANDs were doing
duty and most local fishermen would not ply their nets within 100 m of
the shore of the islands. Nets are costly and the ANDs are very
Of the about 150 placed so far two were found removed by cutting
on the rocks) of the steel cable that keeps the device afloat. Some
however, resorted to fishing with longlines but this should not worry
much regarding the mbuna as they stay close to the rocks and unlikely
up to the baited hooks on the lines. Nevertheless, when found within
100 m park zone all fishermen will be chased or arrested.
The Bermuda Fry-Angle A.S. held our Annual Tropical Fish Show over the past couple of days. On Friday, at our Awards Night, we held a successful charity fish auction thanks to an assortment of fish that were donated by Dan Woodland who was the judge for the show.
The selected charity for the auction was the Lake Malawi anti-netting initiative. I'm pleased to say that the club has decided to make a donation of $1,500 towards this worthy cause!
The Scandinavian cichlid association has an ongoing fund-generating program and up to now has donated $782!
Christophe Barale, who owns the store Paradise Malawi Cichlids in France, held an auction benefiting Malawi cichlids and donated $720 to the fund!
THANKS TO YOU ALL!! Without your input and generosity many Malawi cichlid species will not be there 20 years from now.
Enjoy your cichlids!