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This paper reviews the management challenges facing Malawi lakes and analyzes the management responses that have been developed to deal with these challenges. Malawi lakes are under considerable stress due to high population growth and increasing levels of poverty which have led to overexploitation of fishery resources.
The search for innovations and implementation of research frameworks for small-scale fisheries in developing and least developed countries are discussed.
The concepts and implementation of the Participatory Diagnosis and Adaptive Management (PDAM) framework for small-scale fishery development and management in developing countries are described.