"The good news is that we have a strong network of people at all
levels, working together to respond to a poisoning incident,
saving birds from dying, and creating awareness about the value
of vultures for the Maasai Mara and beyond," said Garbett.
FAO expert calls for
protecting Nile perches in Lake Victoria
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
A regional approach to regulate fish maw trade is
needed to protect Nile perch stocks in Lake Victoria from being
depleted, a fishery expert with the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) said here on Tuesday.
Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania need a joint approach to regulate
the fish maw trade which threatens the Nile perch species in
Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake which is shared by the
three countries, said Jacob Olwo, FAO fisheries and aquaculture
officer at FAO Uganda office.
"If we leave it unregulated it has a risk of depleting the
resources," Olwo told reporters.
He noted that high prices have forced the fishermen to look
for the bigger Nile perches to get bigger maws and make more
He said the bigger Nile perches are responsible for
replenishing the stock and if they are depleted, there will no
longer be any more Nile perches in the lake.
Uganda is making a law that would regulate the trade in fish
maw, which supplies to a large market in Asia, he told
The Nile perch is a fish of substantial economic and
food-security importance in East Africa.