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Traders Decry Dwindling Fish Stocks in L. Turkana

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Paul Moru, a businessman at the popular Chap-Chap market at Kalokool trading center, about 40 kilometers North of Lodwar town says the situation is alarming. According to Moru, fishermen go for days without catching any fish from the lake.
11 May 2016 07:51
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Fish drying in Kalokool-Turkana
Fish traders are decrying the dwindling fish stocks in Lake Turkana. They attribute the dwindling fish stocks to silting of the lake and poor fishing methods. Paul Moru, a businessman at the popular Chap-Chap market at Kalokool trading center, about 40 kilometers North of Lodwar town says the situation is alarming.

 

 

According to Moru, fishermen go for days without catching any fish from the lake. He says silting has affected most of the fishing grounds in Lake Turkana. Another fisherman who only preferred to identify himself as Odhiambo, a resident of Nyar-Alego in Kisumu, says fishing was at it its peak in the last 35 years, adding that, fishermen could catch thousands of fish.

 

 

He however, says the situation is totally different today as boats return to the shores without fish. Odhiambo also says most of the fish has also reduced in size unlike in the past when they would catch tilapia weighing between to 3-4 kilograms.

 

According to the fishermen, the number of people surviving on the lake has also increased, which could have affected the fish stocks. There is high demand for in the Democratic Republic of Congo.