The Zimbabwean authorities have decided to suspend the issuing of new kapenta permits at Lake Kariba in order to save the wildlife.
The man-made reservoir partly owned by Zambia and Zimbabwe has been overcrowded with fishing rigs which apparently started to pose a threat to the lake’s fauna.
In total, only 500 rigs can operate there without any consequences for the fish, however, both states exceeded the stipulated limits and are now trying to normalise the situation.
“We can confirm that registration of new kapenta rigs will no longer be approved. The rigs which are operating in Lake Kariba have reached the maximum required number,” Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Mr. Tinashe Farawo said.
The ruling came into effect on Friday.