Indigenous names of fish and fishing gear in the Cuvelai, Kavango and Caprivi regions of Namibia

  • Daniel O Okeyo Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice, South Africa
  • George Mubita Department of Biology, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Thomas K Harris Department of Biology, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Dagberth E Sahombu Department of Biology, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Josephat Namundjanga Department of Biology, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Samson Mulonga Department of Biology, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia
  • S Kapirika Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Private Bag 2116, Mariental, Namibia
Keywords: artisanal fisheries, indigenous fishing gear, local fish names, Namibia, traditional fishing methods

Abstract

This study discusses the local names of the inland fresh water fish species of the Cuvelai, Kavango and Caprivi regions of Namibia, in five indigenous languages: OshiWambo/ OshiNdonga, RuKwangali, RuGciriku, SiLosi and SiSubia. It also discusses local names of the indigenous types of fishing gear currently used in the inland water fishing practices in those regions. In the Cuvelai systems 24 fish species have OshiWambo/ OshiNdonga names, in the Kavango systems 60 have RuKwangali and RuGciriku names and in the Caprivi systems 68 have SiLosi and SiSubia names. Twenty types of fishing gear are recorded to have indigenous names in the Cuvelai, 25 in Kavango and 22 in Caprivi. Fifteen commonly available indigenous types of gear are exclusively used by women, who therefore play a crucial role in the exploitation and conservation of freshwater fish in Namibia.

African Journal of Aquatic Science 2004, 29(2): 249–258
Published
2005-03-01
Section
Articles

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