Strategies for Artisanal Fishing - Lake Victoria, Kenya

Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater lake, is shared by three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The lake is surrounded by lakeshore savannah, which is subject to low and unreliable rainfall. Because there is little arable land, agriculture is at the subsistence level. Fishing and the processing and marketing of fish are important economic activities for the people living around the lake. Fish is also a primary source of food in the area. The fisheries in Kenya's portion of the lake have changed in the last 10-15 years, mostly due to new export markets for frozen Nile perch filets. The resulting increase in commercial fishing has transformed the fisheries.