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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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