Overall Conclusions and Recommendations
The research conducted on Lake Victoria fisheries over the last few years has revealed a dominance of three commercial species, namely, the Nile perch (Lates niloticus), the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and the silver cyprinid, Rastrineobola argentea (“Dagaa”). Human activities in the lake basin have led to eutrophication, which has altered fish habitats and fish food, consequently affecting the diversity of fish resources of Lake Victoria. The challenges facing the management of Lake Victoria fisheries call for more research into the role of the quality of water in the observed lake-wide ecosystem changes. There is need to have a well-resourced lake-wide monitoring system for collecting limnochemical, ecological, biological, catch and effort data in order to have a scientific basis for an evaluation of the effect of management practices on the exploitation of the fisheries resources.
KeywordsLake Victoria Management challenges Water quality Lake fisheries Nile perch
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