Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Protecting Lake Victoria's Top Predator

From IPS-Inter Press Service International Association, Rome, Italy
By Arnaud Bébien

Coordinated conservation measures to arrest the steep decline of stocks of Nile perch in Lake Victoria are showing encouraging results - for fish, if not for fishing communities around the lake.

At the end of each day, the boats return to Mwanza, a city on the edge of Lake Victoria, in the northeast of Tanzania. The catch is not what it once was: each boat's crew quickly sells the 50 or so fish they have landed.

Paul Johaiven is one of the fishermen. Like many of the others, the 25-year-old got no further than primary school. For want of alternatives, he turned to the lake to earn a living.

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