The Africa Foundation C&C rangers have provided valuable support to African Parks in the collection of fish catch survey data, given that fishing pressure is one of the greatest threats to marine resources in the BANP.
Data collection on species and size composition as well as gear type, helps guide African Park’s management decisions and is also used to engage communities about sustainable resource management.
• On average, 4139 kg of fish per month was recorded across the main
landing sites on Benguerra.
• Seine nets were almost exclusively used (98%) by fishers to catch fish
followed by line and hand, and all fish were caught from boats
Mozambique has a 2 500 km long coastline, with many island groups. The Bazaruto Archipelago is one of these groups, situated opposite the coastal town of Vilanculos.
6 of the Archipelago islands are included in the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, which was proclaimed in 1971. These are Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque, Santa Carolina (Paradise Island), Banque and Pansy Shell Island. The Park provides refugee to a wide range of iconic megafauna, including whales, sharks, sailfish, manta rays, dolphins, marlin and nesting marine turtles, as well as the region’s last viable population of dugongs.
The sheer beauty of this seascape, along with the diversity of wildlife, has made Bazaruto a globally sought-after tourism destination. However, the historical overuse of natural resources, illegal fishing practices and poorly regulated tourism activities negatively impacted the area’s biodiversity and the livelihoods of those who live here.
Bazaruto Archipelago National Park is managed by through a partnership between the Administracao Nacional das Areas de Conservacao (ANAC) and African Parks.
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