Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Book of the Week: Traditional fishing methods of Africa / Mike Bruton

Fishing is one of the most ancient forms of hunting and has spawned an astonishing variety of Innovative methods and equipment used to outwit and catch fishes and other aquatic animals.

Traditional fishing methods of Africa addresses a much neglected but very important part of Africa’s technological heritage: its indigenous fishing technologies.


These ancient technologies, developed and used over a period of 10 000 years, are still in use in rural Africa today to harvest aquatic resources in a sustainable way. This has ignited renewed interest in their potential to encourage long-term and sustainable use of fish stocks.

Brilliantly illustrated and clearly written, this book serves as a perfect introduction to a fascinating topic that will enhance your appreciation of indigenous knowledge systems in Africa.

Mike Bruton studied zoology and social anthropology at Rhodes University and has had a lifelong interest in indigenous knowledge systems. He took a keen interest in the traditional fishing methods of the rural people of Zululand, Mozambique and Botswana while conducting research on fishes there. He has made extensive collections of traditional fishing gear and has continued to pursue this interest during his further travels in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He was also instrumental in establishing an Angling Museum in Knysna that includes traditional fishing gear.

Mike Bruton is a previous Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, now SAIAB.

Read more about the book launch at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, 30th June 2016

Other titles in the Cambridge University Press Indigenous Knowledge Library include: Astronomy of Timbuktu Great South African inventions, Indigenous mining and metallurgy in Africa, Traditionally useful plants of Africa, The archaeological heritage of Africa, Fossils for Africa.