Measures to protect fisheries resources appear to be producing results. Even initially sceptical fishers are beginning to recognise their value. Restricting catches, imposing a minimum size for fishnets and halting fishing for a certain period each year are all strategies that enable species to regenerate. Everyone benefits – the fishers, because there are more fish, and consumers, because greater supplies leads to a drop in prices.

Fishers at Lake Albert, on the border of DR Congo and Uganda, have thus witnessed first-hand the benefits of a 10-month fishing ban imposed between March 2010 and January 2011. Some species that had all but disappeared have reappeared and market prices have fallen by some 40%.

In northern Senegal, the creation of a marine protected area near Saint-Louis has resulted in the reappearance of octopus, which had become rare due to overfishing. In this marine area of 49,600 ha, where fishing is regulated and monitored, the authorities have installed more than 200 artificial reefs to attract and protect species.

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