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Freshwater angling survives player exodus

Mon, 24 October 2016 19:47
by Rodney Pienaar

Freshwater angling has managed to survive despite facing a plethora of challenges including a heavy exodus of players and inability to lure sponsors.
Although some rivers and dams have relatively dried up or have little water the Namibia Federation for Freshwater Anglers (NFFA), has hosted close to 45 angling competitions since the beginning of this year, this was revealed by the president of NFFA , Max Piper.
 “ The sport of angling has been going relatively well but our biggest challenges is that Namibia is a dry , desert country and resources such as dams and rivers to fish in are scarce and prawn to dry up, especially in a drought as we are facing now, ”Piper said.
He added that, the next biggest challenge the sport code faced is he ongoing and rampart destruction of resources such as fish in the form of illegal fishing in dams and rivers. Illegal netting of fish has also effected sport as netting of fish from dams has been continuing uncontrollably.
Despite being affiliated with the   with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), the sport commission is only funding day to day running of the federation administration and most of the competitions held this year were sponsored by private institutions and individuals. Some of the main sponsors of the leagues are Bank Windhoek (BW), Old Mutual (OM), Surf and Turf Service Centre and Bushwhackers Campworld Namibia amongst others.
However The Villager found that that there are six leagues BY associations ran under the federation currently with slight different set of rules.
The six leagues are operated by member association that ran individual leagues namely,   Namibia Artificial Lure Angling Association (NALAA); Namibian Bass Angling Association (NBAA); Namibian Light Tackle Boat Freshwater Angling Association (NLTBFAA); Namibian Freshwater Bank Angling Association (NFBAA); River Angling Namibia (RAN) and Species Angling Namibia (SAN).
”Yes the federation is affiliated to the NSC but we only received a small administrative grant from the government and it does not even cover the cost of website, which NFFA has, “Piper said.
He added that freshwater angling is not an official Olympic sport and that the public freshwater angling must not be taken for recreation and alcohol use is strictly forbidden at the waters, as freshwater angling is a competitive, family oriented national sports discipline.
All member associations have a strict “catch-and-release” policy, meaning that all fish are caught, weighed and then released ensuring a survival rate of over 90% the Villager understands.
Few extra game rules are set member associations as
According to Piper, there is an act in the NFFA constituency that’s, linked to the various line ministries such as the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and also parastatal such as Namibian Water Corporation (NamWater), Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and other parties to ensure that fish species are protected at all cost   whenever necessary.