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Hyacinth Dooming Fishing Trade
It is more than 25 years since water hyacinth invaded Lake Victoria. When it first appeared, most fishermen thought the weed would provide breeding sites for more catch. However, it spread and covered a larger area of the lake.

The hyacinth has now formed a thick, green carpet on the lake. Fishermen are no longer able to achieve potential earnings.

The weed has also interfered with indigenous fish species. These include Alestes (Osoga), Labeo (Ningu), Synodontis (Okoko), Bagrus (Seu), Barbus (Fwani), Schilbe (Sira), Mormyrus (Suma) and Haplochromis (Fulu).

The indigenous fish species hide beneath and migrate with the weed, so fishermen find it difficult to catch them. The weed also provides shelter for snakes and other harmful reptiles.


 
 


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Woven wonders from Water Hyacinth - Along the Niger Delta, an abundance of vivid purple flowers are blooming gently on the surface of the water, adding a touch of color to the inland waterways. This fast growing water hyacinth causes lots of problems on inland waterways, but local entrepreneurs find a use of the invasive weed.


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