Lake Victoria shoreline in Kalangala District are feasting as tons of dead Nile
Perch continue floating on the lake.
The islanders pick the fish for home
consumption and mainly the local market since by the time it floats on
the lake it is beyond icing. The death of the fish resulting from the change of the temperature
in Lake Victoria has affected both the national and international markets.
Fishmongers have started smoking and frying the fish for home consumption. Jackson
Baguma, the Kalangala District Fisheries Officer has given green light to the
islanders to pick fish for domestic consumption.
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Monica Lebo, a fish trader in Kalangala says the floating of
fish has lifted their well beings since they can use or sale the smoked fish
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is well known for its swim bladder, which is exported to Chinese
Sperito Kayondo who deals in the exportation of fish from
Kalangala, says the fish bladders are also affected by the hypoxia in the
Lake. This he says has led to a fall in the price and loss of market for
the swim bladder on the international market.
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Sam Mugisha, the Kalangala Health Center IV in charge has
warned the public against overconsumption of dead fish.
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The normal temperature of Lake Victoria is 25°C. However, the temperature has risen
to 27°C leading perch according to a report from Fisheries.