Lake Victoria fish stock dwindling
Saturday, February 09, 2002
The East African Standard (Nairobi, Kenya)
Future generations around Lake Victoria may be deprived of fish yields since the Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY) of most stocks have been exceeded .
The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (Kemfri) research officer, Mr Andrew Asila, said current fishing trends were no longer viable or sustainable.
He said the MSV of the Nile Perch was 222,200 metric tonnes yet current MSV was 231,000 tonnes.
Over-exploitation had resulted in reduction in the catch per unit. The predatory nature of Nile Perch had also led to the decline of other species.
Dr Tom Okurut of the East African Community (EAC) Lake Victoria Development Programme said the three East African countries had signed a strategic partnership pact.
Okurut said if sustainable measures are not put in place, 30 million people who rely on the lake face poverty.
He said there was lack of cohesion, co-ordination and information sharing amongst the 342 Non Governmental Organisations working on the lake.