The survey of Lake Victoria's fishers

Gonga, J, J. and Kyangwa, M. and Nyamwenge, C. and Nyapendi, A. and Odongkara, K.O. and Abila, R. and Lwenya, C. and Omwega, R. and Osewe-Odera, S. and Yongo, E. and Medard, M. and Mlahagwa, E. and Rodriguez, G.A. and Geheb, K. (1999) The survey of Lake Victoria's fishers. Jinja, Uganda, Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project , (LVFRP Technical Document, 5)

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The findings are presented of a survey conducted regarding the fishers of Lake Victoria, which examined the relationships affecting supply flows of raw material on to the market, and also the characteristics of fishing activities and their effects on fish quality and distribution. Fish marketing plays a vital role in the lives of much of the lake basin's population, both in terms of employment and nutrition. The results of the survey comprise, in part, a base-line data set which will facilitate further research, analysis and management decision-making in relation to stakeholders of the lake's resources. Data collection, methods and research difficulties encountered are described and details given of a profile of a boat owner/renter and aslo of a profile of a crew member. The survey shows that Lake Victoria's fishery is one of very limited diversity. The fishers recount that they consistently target one or more of the 3 most common species within the lake (Nile perch, tilapia and dagaa) and very rarely consider any other species type. The largest proportion of fishers on the lake are Nile perch fishers; there is considerable demand for this species, and hence fishers have little incentive to either target alternative fish species, not to try and establish firm marketing outlets through the creation of arrangements with their principal buyers. In Kenyan waters, however, the number of Nile perch fishers is equaled by the number of dagaa fishers; this fish now commands a considerable portion of the market for fish from Lake Victoria through its availability as well as its relatively low prices. The tilapia fishery is in decline, and all 3 riparian states would not appear to be attracting investment almost certainly as a result of declining catches. For many of those working in Lake Victoria's fishery, the problems faced appear most often to be associated with the vagaries of an unstable market which may rise or fall depending on the state of the international market or the state of access roads to fish landings. (PDF contains 42 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: The survey of Lake Victoria's fishers
Personal Creator/Author:
Gonga, J, J.
Kyangwa, M.
Nyamwenge, C.
Nyapendi, A.
Odongkara, K.O.
Abila, R.
Lwenya, C.
Omwega, R.
Osewe-Odera, S.
Yongo, E.
Medard, M.
Mlahagwa, E.
Rodriguez, G.A.
Geheb, K.
Series Name: LVFRP Technical Document
Number: 5
Page Range: pp. 1-37
Date: 1999
Publisher: Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project
Place of Publication: Jinja, Uganda
Projects: Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project Phase II
Institution: Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project Phase II
Issuing Agency: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization
Additional Information: LVFRP/TECH/99/05. Socio-economic Data Working Group of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project (SEDAWOG).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; Lake Victoria; fishermen; fishery surveys; lake fisheries; marketing
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 3645
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2011 12:09
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:05
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