Impact of mosquito net fishing gears on fish populations in sub-Saharan Africa
We were contracted by Vector Works (USAID) and Johns Hopkins University to carry out a study on the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) for fishing purposes in freshwater and marine habitats throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
We identified the risks and characterised the circumstances under which the use of mosquito nets for fishing would be detrimental to fish populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Using information and data obtained from a comprehensive review and a questionnaire survey, we were able to identify the key drivers of mosquito net fishing. The information was also to conduct an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) to comprehensively evaluate the risks to fish populations and habitats posed by mosquito net fishing. Finally, impact mitigation measures, future research needs, and management options were presented.