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OverviewLake Victoria Fishing

The Lates Niloticus (Nile perch) is the basis for L. Victoria's most important industry and underpinning subsistence lifestyle in rural portions in the riparian districts of Lake Victoria. The harvest of Nile perch sold by the artisanal fishers contributes KES 8billion annually to the sector. Within the membership of the fish association Nile perch forms the backbone of 50% of our membership who targets it both for domestic and export markets.

An artisanal fishery employing large numbers of men and women

This fish is of commercial interest due to its excellent physic-chemical properties and the method of fishing making it a prime fish for fillets both chilled and frozen.
The by-products of Nile perch also feeds into a major industry dealing in skins, scales and other by productsNile Perch Fillet employing mainly women.Because of the magnitude of commercial fisheries for Nile perch, the fish industries have adopted a self regulation mechanism to ensure that sustainability is adhered to amongst its member factories. A clear check and balance mechanism has been adopted by members and currently being implemented to ensure its sustainability both locally in Kenya and Regionally due to the shared and strandling Nile perch resource.


Lake Victoria, which is the second largest fresh-water lake in the world, is also known to have high fish diversity. These other species include Alestes, Barbus, Labeo, Synodontis, Schilbe, Protopterus, Clarius, Mormyrus and Haplochromis. These fishes are of extreme high value and are sold as niche fishes in the domestic markets

Labea one of the indigeneous fishes found in L.Victoria