An artisanal fisherman with his catch at Matoso beach in Migori District, Kenya

Credit: Edwin Muga (Kenya)

This photo shows an artisanal fisherman on his sesse canoe with his catch of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. The water body shown in the photo is Lake Victoria, the source of the White Nile. In addition to Nile tilapia which is the dominant Tilapine species landed from this water body, there are other key species landed from this fresh water body (Kenya side since it is a shared body between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) is Rastrineobola argentia followed by Lates niloticus and the Tilapines, with other species are Clarias gariepinus, protopterus aethiopicus, Haplochromines, Schilbe mystus, Bagrus docmac, mormyrus kannume, and mastacembelus spps. The sesse canoe is built using hard wood timber and is propelled using oars. Fishermen usually go out to set their gill nets using a crew of three. Most of tilapia catch is for local market but the Nile perch, Lates niloticus industry is highly commercial and supplies the local processing factories with fish for filleting and export to the EU market.

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