Bringing Back Rare Fish in Lake Victoria Begins

ByElijah Ludenyi

Sep 6, 2023
Bringing Back Rare Fish in Lake Victoria Begins

Last updated on March 2nd, 2024 at 05:51 pm

  • Victory Farms and partners are collaborating to reintroduce endangered fish species in Lake Victoria.
  • The initiative began with the release of 4000 tilapia fingerlings into the lake.
  • Conservation International is identifying areas for restocking, and the project aims to combat declining fish populations due to illegal fishing and habitat encroachment.

In a collaborative effort between Victory Farms Organization, the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), and several other partners, a crucial initiative has been launched to combat the declining fish species in Lake Victoria. This endeavor is essential for both conservation and the sustainability of fish production in the region. Here’s an overview of the key developments:

Restocking Efforts Commence:

The restoration project kicked off at Sindo beaches in Homa Bay County with the introduction of 4000 tilapia fingerlings into Lake Victoria. This marks the beginning of efforts to reintroduce endangered fish species.

Partnership with Conservation International:

Conservation International is actively involved in the program, identifying areas suitable for the reintroduction of these fish species. They have initiated the process by releasing a tilapia species called Oreochromis esculentus at Roo Beach in Suba South constituency.

Addressing Declining Fish Populations:

The project was initiated in response to research conducted by KMFRI, which revealed a significant decline in fish species in Lake Victoria. Illegal fishing practices, improper gear usage, and encroachment on breeding areas have contributed to this decline.

This collaborative effort aims to protect and restore the diverse fish species that once thrived in Lake Victoria, ultimately benefiting the fishing community and promoting sustainable fish production. It also seeks to address conflicts arising from illegal fishing practices and strengthen the protection of fish breeding zones. Victory Farms and its partners are dedicated to the successful conservation and restocking of these disappearing fish species.