The month is June. A cold season in most parts of Malawi and along the shores of Lake Malawi, often deemed as the goldmine of the lakeshore people. It is this season of the year that the fishing industry booms. At my site in Nkhata Bay District, businessmen from all parts of the country have flocked here to patronise this season. The most common type of fish caught include usipa, batala, bombe and chambo.
If you go to the lake at any time of the day you will see fishermen loading off fish on the shores and a lot of business people bargaining prices. On a good day, a local fisherman makes MWK 250,000 which is about (340$). On the shores you will see a lot of fishing racks that are used to dry the fish, especially usipa. The fishing business in my community has helped to uplift many peoples’ lives and alleviated poverty of those people in the process. Many people have fishing boats, which they use to catch the fish for their own businesses, while others prefer to rent out their boats to business men who pay the boat owners a certain commission depending on the catch.