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ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes: Natural Resources: Fishing:Lake fishing outside Malawi

  • Fresh water lake fishing also takes place in the rift valley lakes of East Africa for example Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, Lake Victoria between Tanzania and Uganda, as well as Lakes Bangweulu in Zambia.
  • These inland lakes in the SADC region accounts for over 500 000 tonnes of fish every year.

Dam fishing

  • Several dams have been built in most SADC countries.
  • These form large bodies of water and are multipurpose.
  • The dams supply water to towns and cities, farms and irrigation schemes.
  • Some support hydro-electric schemes as well as being important fisheries.
  • Zimbabwe has several dams, most of them being situated in commercial farms and estates.
  • These have become important fisheries for both subsistence and commercial fisheries.
  • The largest dams in the region include Lake Kariba on the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Cabora Bassa in Mozambique, Kafue dam in Zambia and the Hendrik Verwoerd dam in South Africa.

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