Back from PAFFA5 in Bujumbura. What a great time! I'm not going to attempt a summary of those five days, but I have posted my photos to three Flickr galleries: one for the meeting, one just for the posters, and another for two days spent collecting fishes in the Ruzizi basin of Burundi after the mee
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While people are making plans for the upcoming PAFFA meeting in Bujumbura in September, I thought I'd post a link to a gallery of photos I took at the last PAFFA, in Addis Ababba, Ethiopia, September 2008.
It was a great time. Hoping that PAFFA 5 is as great a success (and that I'll be able to attend)!
I recently returned from Uganda. I fished the Victoria Nile below Murchison Falls and caught several Nile Perch. We also caught some baitfish that the local guide called a "walker". Attached is a picture I took of the fish. it was about 20cm long. Can anyone help me properly identify this fish. Thank you.
Welcome to the new Africhthy, now based on Scratchpads v.2!
You'll see a much cleaner look, with a small, rotating image gallery up front and a totally revised user interface. The fish and watershed taxonomies have been moved to tabs along the top of the page. The French language interface is being re-written and this will take some time. (Our apologies to our francophone members!)
When I got off my bike from Ngenengene a breeding center for fish, poultry and pigs, an agriculture Projet LUC of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo), I got a call from Professor Ulyel Ali-Patho. He asked me to replace a colleague for a scientific mission to Aketi (Northern DR Congo). I was hesitant, but Ulyel encouraged me and said it was a matter of trust and that he trusted me to lead this mission. He also said that someone would pick you up in 30 minutes.
UPDATE: WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CHIPPED IN!
On June 24th, 2012, over 50 Mai Mai Simba bandits armed with automatic weapons invaded the small town of Epulu, D.R. Congo, headquarters for the Okapi Faunal Reserve, killing seven people and 13 captive Okapis, raping women, looting, burning buildings, and taking hostages. This attack was not political, but motivated by anger that the ICCN, the Congolese Conservation authority, had been cracking down on wildlife poaching within the reserve.
Africa and the Neotropics both harbor endemic monophyletic groups of teleost fishes, each of about 200 described species, that communicate, find their prey, and navigate through freshwater habitats at night by means of a sophisticated “active” electric sense. They produce a weak electric field around their body with an electric organ and detect nearby objects as distortions to this field via arrays of receptors distributed over their skin. These are the Mormyroidea (Africa) and the Gymnotiformes (South and Central America).
I knew next to nothing about fish farming until last summer when I helped to copyedit the English version of Yves Fermon's "Subsistence fish farming in Africa: a technical manual." I am still no expert, but at least now when I hear that there's a monk in a fish pond I know better than to ask if he can swim.
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For me, the names of few African rivers have the power to inspire a daydream like the Lukuga.
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