ISSF: Small-scale Fishery Profile - Zimbabwe small-scale fisheries

SSF Profile

Zimbabwe small-scale fisheries | 2018
Fishery name Zimbabwe small-scale fisheries
SSF Defined? Not explicitly
SSF Definition (if applicable)
Data time frame 2018
Contributor Beven@7 (Beven Fadzai Chinamasa)
Contribution date 01/18/2019
Geographic Scope
National Zimbabwe ,
Main Characteristics
Name Value Units
SSF type(s): Indigenous
Ecosystem type(s): Freshwater
Ecosystem detailed type(s): River
Term(s) used to refer to SSF: Indigenous
Main gear type(s): Falling gear (cast nets)
Gillnets and entangling nets
Hooks and lines
Lift nets
Main SSF vessel type(s): Raft
(Dugout) canoe
Average length of SSF vessel: 4 Metres
Typical engine size (HP): Horsepower
Typical number of crew: 4 Crew members
Number of day fishing per year: 365 Days per year fishing
Total number of SS fishers: 500 Fishers
Percent of SS fishers full-time: 90 Percent
Percent of SS fishers women: 20 Percent
Total number of households in the location: 150 Households
Percent of households participating in SSF: Percent
Percent of household income from SSF (harvest and post-harvest: Percent
Post-harvest activity(ies) in the location: Processing (cooking, drying, salting, smoking, etc.)
Percent of women in post-harvest: Percent
Percent of children in post-harvest: Percent
Percent of total income or GDP in the location coming from SSF: Percent
Other non-fishing livelihood activities SS fishing people participate in: Farming/cultivation (rice, cassava, corn, vegetables, etc.) - 95 Percent of women involved (%):
Animal/livestock husbandry - 100 Percent of women involved (%):
Small trade - 90 Percent of women involved (%):
Tourism-related activities - 20 Percent of women involved (%):
Wage/hired labour - 100 Percent of women involved (%):
SSF market and distribution channel(s): Retained for household consumption and given to family/friends - 5 Percent
Sold in local markets - 15 Percent
Sold to outside markets - 50 Percent
Going to non-food uses - 25 Percent
Other: 5 - 5 Percent
Number of years SSF have existed in the location: More than 100 years
How are SS fishers regarded by other members of society? Highly (fishers are well recognized for their contributions to the society)
Is fishing considered (by SS fishers) an occupation of last resort? Yes
Governance mode(s) in SSF: Community-based management
Self governance
Property rights held by SS fishers: None
Access held by SS fishers: Not secured
Key rules, regulations, instruments and measures used to manage SSF: License/permit
Catch limit
Seasonal closure
Vessel restriction
Fishing effort restriction
Taxes and resource rental charges
Territorial user rights
Major concerns/issues affecting SSF (which make them vulnerable or threaten their viability: Ecosystem health (resource/environmental degradation, bycatch, destructive fishing practices, etc.)
Social justice (access, rights, fairness, equity, displacement, power, etc.)
Livelihoods (viability, wellbeing, health, etc.)
Food security (availability, accessibility, safety, etc.)
Markets (access, price, monopoly, etc.)
Climate/environmental changes
Poor governance (lack of accountability, transparency, rules of law, etc.)
Stakeholder conflicts (between different resource users and interest groups, including conservation and tourism)

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