Catch of African catfish from the Naute Dam in Namibia

Photo credit: Kaulo Salushando (Namibia) – Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

The inserted picture shows the catch of African catfish (commonly known in Namibia as sharp-toothed catfish), Clarias gariepinus. The shown specimens were caught from the Naute Dam.

The Naute Dam which is the third largest dam in Namibia was built between 1970 and 1972. The dam holds up to 69 million m3 of water

Dams including Naute Dam are popular freshwater angling spots in Namibia where several fish species including tilapia, tiger fish, and African catfish can be caught there. The inserted stamp demonstrates the status of catfish in freshwater fishery in Namibia.

Regarding food security, and according to the Namibian bill on freshwater fisheries, the priority is given to food security of local communities and hence efforts have been given towards a sustainable development of inland fisheries to benefit local communities with more focus on subsistence fishery above commercialization. It may worth noting that several Namibian reservoirs including the Naute Dam provide habitats for water birds and hence are considered tourist resorts for angling and water sports.

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