By ZBC Reporter
MINISTER of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs, Honourable Mary Mliswa emphasised the need for the country to use aqua tourism to generate foreign currency for the country. She said this at a fishing tournament held in Darwendale on Saturday.
“World over bass fishing is one of the things that attracts a lot of foreign currency and I think as a country we need to take a leaf from the practice and market our dams like this Darwedale dam where an angler caught a bass weighing more than 5kg which is close to world records,” Honourable Mliswa said.
National Assembly member for Norton, Honourable Temba Mliswa said the tournament was an eye-opener on the vast opportunities for the local community and the country as a whole.
“This is an opportunity to market our recreational places and I think this dam here will be of much benefit to the Norton community and the nation at large if fully utilised,” he said.
Director for Fishing League Worldwide Zimbabwe, Clint Skinner said the fishing tournament was aimed at selecting a professional bass fisher to participate at an international event set for the United States of America.
“45 anglers participated at this tournament and I am sure the sport can be used to market the dam and the nation at the same time while we scout for the best bass fisher to represent the country in the USA,” Skinner said.
Aqua tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world with anglers travelling around the globe in pursuit of different fish species.