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Mbenji (Lake Malawi trip 2011)

Postby Dave G » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:53 pm

Didn't get many pictures here. This is why.

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Loads of fish but lots stuck in these lost / abandoned nets.
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Lovely red rock again....but

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I gave the camera to my son to hold as I cut free as many of the trapped and dying that I could. This synodontis nyassae was croaking at me all the way through the operation. I had no dive gloves, my mini knife was making heavy weather of the rope and this guy has poisonous spines!!! I freed him without injuring myself though. It was tool late for the cichlid to the right. There were many corpses like this. The crabs that came to scavenge on the dead and dying were also getting stuck.

One cichlid looked alarmed when I was cutting hin free - but a couple of minutes later he came back and looked me straight in the mask before disappearing into the deep. I'd swear he knew I'd rescued him!

I got accused of being a typical sentimental Brit by certain dive buddies for wasting a dive just cutting trapped fish free. But I can't just leave an animal to suffer - and I love these fish!

Anyway right at the end of the dive I was rewarded by the presence of an Aulanocara koningsi!

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There'll be more upsetting pictures later on.

Next time I'll show some good news! The dive at Ilala Gap!
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Re: Mbenji

Postby Deak » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:35 am

really sad about the nets trapping the lil guys but oh wow isnt the last one a stunner :text-bravo:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby Tony » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:20 pm

the "ghost" fishing as it's called is a global problem i'm afraid and some of the lost nets can take years to degrade ,it is such a waste . :handgestures-thumbdown:

Fantastic pics again Dave :text-bravo: and thanks for sharing :tu:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby Clare » Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:21 pm

Such a shame to see things like this but it happens and it will continue to do. :(

Your a little fishy hero Dave, good on you for taking the time to rescue what you could. :tu:

Looking forward to next set of photos. :clap:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby kirnig » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:40 am

lovely quality pix, shame about some of the subject matter :handgestures-thumbdown:
but that last un is a beaut
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Re: Mbenji

Postby tile55 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:57 pm

fantastic pictures again, keep up the good fight Dave :clap:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby nectarboy » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:39 am

unfortunately, due to the needs of local populations who depend on fishing for protein, the majority of the problems in recent times seen in the lakes of Africa are due to fishing activity carried out without sufficient regulation or education from authorities on how to conserve the stocks and ensure the viability of endemic species. It is a massive problem, with non-native species introductions being the biggest problem. HIFI institute at Hull University, namely Prof. Ian Cowx, is doing a lot of work in these areas and trying, with some limited success, to improve the problems. There are some decent pages available on Google/Google Scholar on the subject if you run a search and Prof. Cowx , who was my personal supervisor for my time at uni is a very clever guy, who knows the lakes inside out, is also worth 'Googling' too!!
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Re: Mbenji

Postby Clare » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:20 pm

Will definitely be googling that. Thanks Paul. :tu:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby andywroe » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:41 pm

brill pics, thanks for sharing :tu:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby trippytrance » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:52 pm

Such sad images :handgestures-thumbdown: but good on you saving the ones you can :clap:

Brilliant pic's though
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Re: Mbenji

Postby cairnsy » Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:33 pm

:text-coolphotos:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby jaydello » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:19 pm

wow love it!
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Re: Mbenji

Postby jaydello » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:20 pm

looks amazing!! when u going back next :text-goodpost:
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Re: Mbenji

Postby vinboy » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:49 pm

Great story a pics.
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Re: Mbenji (Lake Malawi trip 2011)

Postby Mozza » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:09 am

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Re: Mbenji (Lake Malawi trip 2011)

Postby aaronn » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:25 am

definitely not a wasted dive im glad you saved the ones you could i would be the same to.
is that a female chipokae in the first photo ?
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Re: Mbenji (Lake Malawi trip 2011)

Postby StiggyAllen » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:05 pm

Nice work yet again
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Re: Mbenji (Lake Malawi trip 2011)

Postby StiggyAllen » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:09 pm

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Re: Mbenji (Lake Malawi trip 2011)

Postby wesg8 » Thu May 24, 2012 4:17 pm

It's a real shame about the nets. That's one bad thing that came after president Hastings Banda left power, there was a lot of enforced law about where fishing could take place but after he left, the fishermen got away with fishing wherever they liked, it's had a hugely negative impact on fish stocks. Hopefully the new president will clamp down on this
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Re: Mbenji (Lake Malawi trip 2011)

Postby Dave G » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:33 pm

I won't be back this year. I may go next - we'll see!

Some of the usual gang are going - and they'll be back in the south of the lake.

Next trip I want to go East and North - Minos Reef, Taiwanee Reef etc.
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