Traditional fishing methods of Africa as an example of indigenous knowledge systems

Prof Mike Bruton

  • Duration: 60 min
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Date: February 09, 2021 20:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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An extraordinary variety of traditional methods for catching marine and freshwater fishes and shellfishes that has been developed in Africa will be discussed and their role in the sustainable use of valuable aquatic resources will be emphasized. It will further be argued that traditional fishing methods should be conserved, just as living aquatic resources are conserved, so that these traditional practises do not go ‘extinct’ and will continue to be used to harvest aquatic resources in relatively sustainable ways. The main threats to traditional fishing methods will also be discussed.


Mike Bruton is a retired scientist who now spends his time writing popular science books in his garden studio in Rondebosch, Cape Town. Mike has recently authored a book called ‘Traditional Fishing Methods of Africa’ which is the first comprehensive overview of this topic for over 50 years. In this book he highlights the extraordinary variety of traditional fishing methods that have been developed on the continent and calls for their conservation. Otherwise he enjoys watching his pet platannas in the ecopool in his garden and going on hikes and bike rides.