Fish at Lake Victoria

Fish at Lake Victoria 1

Lake Victoria supports the largest inland freshwater fishery on earth. The lake traverses the three East African Countries: Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The lake is shared between Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The Kenyan portion of the lake covers an area of 4128 km2 which produces the bulk of the country’s annual fish landings. The main commercial species caught are Rastreonobola agentea (Omena/dagaa/mukene), Lates Niloticus and Oreochromis niloticus (Tilapia). Fish stocks have dwindled due to heavy eutrophication, the proliferation of invasive species, over-fishing and use of illegal/undersize gears.

 

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