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14 March 2023 Emerging frontiers for blue growth in African Great Lakes: The potential for recreational fishing industry in Lake Victoria, Kenya
Hilda Nyaboke, Joseph Nyaundi, Monica Owili, Chrisphine S. Nyamweya, Christopher Mulanda Aura, Nicholas Gichuru, John Okechi, Horace Owiti, Vincent Sudoi, David Liti
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Abstract

Sport fishing for Nile Perch and Tilapia are key attractions to recreational anglers on Lake Victoria. Existing hospitality establishments promote sport fishing with angling as the main form of recreational fishing. Development of this industry is expected to generate accrued benefits of eco-tourism and community empowerment by providing alternative sources of income from the already strangled commercial and subsistence fisheries calling for diversification within the fishing industry. Key informant questionnaires were administered to County tourism and fisheries representatives, hotel directors or managers, and officials of Beach Management Units while questionnaire-led-interviews were conducted at the beaches or community recreation sites. Seven tourist resorts, one yacht club, and seven beaches/fish landing sites were assessed. The study aimed to assess the current status of recreational fishing and identify growth opportunities within the industry. Recreational fishing was concentrated around Mfangano Island targeting Nile Perch using artificial baitfish as a tackle. On average, boat hire charges including fishing tackle were USD 30 per trip (< 3 hours) and USD 100 per day per fishing trip. “Blue tourism” rating was low across the respondents with the 2007 political unrest said to have heavily impacted the number of tourists to the region. Water Hyacinth and poor water quality remain a key challenge within Winam gulf while overfishing posed a major concern in the open lake with the number of longline fishers reported to be on the rise. Resource spatial planning should be instituted to cater for the different players in the Blue Economy. The strict enforcement of the Nile Perch slot size is recommended and cooperation among industry players on access and use of the products from recreational fishing. A national census survey on recreational catches should be conducted if its full potential is to be realized in promoting blue growth.

Hilda Nyaboke, Joseph Nyaundi, Monica Owili, Chrisphine S. Nyamweya, Christopher Mulanda Aura, Nicholas Gichuru, John Okechi, Horace Owiti, Vincent Sudoi, and David Liti "Emerging frontiers for blue growth in African Great Lakes: The potential for recreational fishing industry in Lake Victoria, Kenya," Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management 25(4), 3-11, (14 March 2023). https://doi.org/10.14321/aehm.025.04.03
Published: 14 March 2023
KEYWORDS
angler
fishing tackle
Nile perch
recreational catch
status
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