Socio-economic implications of the fish export trade on the fishers and fisheries of Lake Victoria in Uganda

Namisi, P.W. (2000) Socio-economic implications of the fish export trade on the fishers and fisheries of Lake Victoria in Uganda. Jinja, Uganda, Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project, (LVFRP Technical Document, 14)

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the implications of the fish export trade on the fishers and the fisheries resources of Lake Victoria, Uganda with respect to sustainability. Eight fish processing factories and ninety fishers were qualitatively investigated. Socio-economic characteristics of fishers and the economic characteristics of fish factories formed a basis for the analysis. Results of the research indicate that there is a relationship between the growth in fish export trade, particularly the growth in industrial fish processing (for export) and declining fisheries resources of the lake. However, whether or not that impact is positive or negative, and to what extent there is an impact, is highly dependent upon the underlying socio-economic considerations of the fishers to the process. The fish-ban imposed by the European Union countries was particularly decried by fishers and factory owners as the main cause for the present poverty among the fishers. Fundamentally, several conflicting issues: ecological, physical and economic activities are a threat to the sustainability of the Lake Victoria fisheries, and for all that depend on and interact with the lake. There is urgent need to address the immediate issue of the growing riparian population and the global fish trade, to educate and train all the relevant actors in appropriate fisheries management techniques. Attitudes of fishers towards the fish factory developments are positive and this is a way forward for co-management for the sustainability of the fisheries resource.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Socio-economic implications of the fish export trade on the fishers and fisheries of Lake Victoria in Uganda
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Namisi, P.W.
Series Name: LVFRP Technical Document
Number: 14
Page Range: pp. 1-81
Date: 2000
Publisher: Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project
Place of Publication: Jinja, Uganda
Projects: Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project Phase II
Issuing Agency: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization
Additional Information: LVFRP/TECH/00/14; Unpublished Masters Degree submitted to the National University of Ireland, Cork.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; Uganda; Lake Victoria; fish trade; fish factories; fish processing; sustainability
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 5078
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 07:03
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:30
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5078

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