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Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization

Fish Stock Assessment survey on Lake Victoria (15th October to 15th November 2020)

LVFO through the LVFO-GIZ project titled ‘Responsible Fisheries Business Chains on Lake Victoria’ is currently conducting a lakewide hydroacoustic survey on Lake Victoria, running from 15th October to 15th November 2020. The objectives of this survey are to estimate the amount of fish (biomass) in the lake with associated confidence limits; to determine the spatial distribution of the fish stocks and to collect biological and limnological information to get better understanding of fish biology, ecology and the aquatic environment in which the fish live. In addition, geological information such as sediment composition, substrate roughness and hardness and embedded biological fauna is collected to provide fully ecosystem approach to the fisheries management of Lake Victoria. The survey is conducted jointly by 10 scientists (6 males and 4 females) and assisted by 3 technicians (all males) from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda on board the Research Vessel RV Explorer which is fitted with SIMRAD echosounders operating at 70, 120 and 200 kHz. The results of the survey will be presented to the fishery stakeholders in December 2020 and will play a crucial role in informing the proper management and development of Lake Victoria fisheries.