The Net Fish farming has become the solution to fishers in Lake Kivu by providing quality fish production during the period when Lake Kivu is off the limits for fishing.
Lake Kivu has made it a routine to close off fishing for two months every year to allow the growth of fish in the lake.
With the closure of Fish in Lake Kivu from September to November every year, fishermen in Karongi District are no longer affected by this program. This is after the introduction of Net fishing method by the government of Rwanda and The Integrated Installation and Interior Lakes Management Support Project (PAIGELAC).
With this type of fishing, one net is capable of producing quality fish harvest more than 2 000 fish. In Karongi district, this net fishing has been operational for a year; it is done by Baraka cooperative that operates in Bwishyura sector.
Edouard Nsabimana who makes nets that are used in fishing says these nets are made stronger to hold the fish for the longest period of time in the water. Nsabimana says the fish farmed in these nets are got from Bugesera lakes that are so productive in this type of fish farming.
Daniel Mutemberezi is a member of Baraka Cooperative that does net fishing. “Ever since net fish farming started in 2012, Karongi district has never lacked fish even if Lake Kivu is out of boundaries for fishing” says Mutemberezi.
He further says, this type of fish farming was introduced by PAIGELAC project that was operating in the Ministry of Agriculture but its operational period is over.