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Situational Analysis of Fish and Fisheries of the Kafue Flats Wetland Ecosystem AUGUST 2020

​ The Kafue Flats were identified as an internationally important Ramsar wetland due to the biodiversity that this complex habitat supports

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Zambia commissioned a Situational Analysis of the Kafue Flats Fish and Fisheries in 2017 in order to consolidate and review existing data on the Kafue Flats. Based on this review, new fisheries-dependent and fisheries-independent surveys were designed and conducted to produce an update of the fish and fisheries activities of the Kafue Flats.

The Kafue Flats fishery is of national importance with an estimated value of US$30 million.annum-1. The Flats account for between 15% and 22% of the total Zambian fish harvest. The contribution of the fishery to food security has previously been acknowledged, but its importance as a source of income to many actors in the Kafue Flats and further afield has been underestimated. This fishery contributes significantly to the regional economy and requires intervention to ensure its long-term viability

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Summary - Situational Analysis of Fish and Wetland Ecosystem Fisheries of the Kafue Flats