Guest Editorial:
Chasing Malawi fish: The irony of local fish scarcity vs exports

Prof. Fanuel Kapute
Prof. Fanuel Kapute

Fanuel Kapute is Professor of Fisheries Science at Mzuzu University in Malawi.

Professor Fanuel Kapute holds a PhD (Fish Quality Management), MSc (Aquaculture & Fisheries Science), BSc and Diploma (Agriculture) from the University of Malawi. He also has a two year Certificate in the Principles of Fisheries Management from the Natural Resources College of Malawi.

He has attended several courses in fisheries science and aquaculture such as Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Philippines (GIFT Foundation), Taiwan (National Taiwan Ocean University), South Africa (Rhodes University and University of Stellenbosch), and Freshwater Fisheries Research Centre in Wuxi, China. He completed a six months course in fish quality management in Reykjavik, Iceland under the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) in 2009. Professor Kapute has for four years headed the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Science at Mzuzu University, northern Malawi where he also coordinates Fisheries Postgraduate programmes (PhD and MSc) including the Intra-Africa Academic mobility Project: Collaborative Training in Fisheries and Aquaculture in East, Central and Southern Africa (COTRA) programme. He was part of the team that championed the first postgraduate programme in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at Mzuzu University with funding from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).

Before joining Mzuzu University, he taught at Bunda College of Agriculture (then University of Malawi, now the Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources - LUANAR) for 7 years in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science. He has to his credit over 50 publications in referred journals including a manual published by VDM Verlag, in Germany (ISBN 978-3-639-33844-7) which is used in the teaching of Fish Processing and Quality Management at Undergraduate level. He has supervised 4 PhDs, over 20 MSc and 70 BSc students in the fields of aquaculture, capture fisheries, fish quality management, extension and several inter-related fields in fisheries science. Apart from AJFAND where he has been a reviewer for over 7 years, Professor Kapute is also a reviewer to the Malawi Journal of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MJAF), Malawi Journal of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Development Studies (MAJANDS), International Food Research Journal and has reviewed some papers from the International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture (IJFA). He is also an external examiner for the University of Malawi, the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA) and the University of Venda (RSA).

Professor Kapute joined the Aquaculture and Fisheries Science field in 1993 working with the Malawi Department of Fisheries at different levels such as Research Officer, District Fisheries Officer etc. before joining the academia with the University of Malawi in 2005. He has also carried out several consultancy assignments with several organizations such as UNIDO, UNDP, GIZ, SMEC, Oxfam, World Vision International, Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP) in Tanzania to mention but a few. He has also been the Principal Investigator (PI) to several projects e.g. the three year competitive grant scheme funding from the government of Norway to implement an integrated fish farming project in southern Malawi and the Capacity Building for Management of Climate Change (CABMACC) project.

His current field of specialty is fish processing and quality management which is relatively new in Malawi.

Email: fkapute@gmail.com Skype ID: fanuelkapute