The River Fisheries of Kenya I-Nyanza Province

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1958/1959
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Whitehead, P.J.P.
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An Jnvestigation of the river fisheries of Nyanza Province has shown that there is a large and heavily exploited source of fish, the estimated annual yield of which exceeds 2,000 tons. The Kenya river fisheries as a whole may thus rival the marine fisheries in size. Preliminary findings, after a year of observations, were discussed in an Interim Report in which, however, it was stressed that further biological work was essential before accurate recommendations could be safely made. A second year of observation has now amply confirmed the initial overall impression, viz. increasing exploitation and, by excessive destruction of potential breeding stocks, a trend towards diminishing returns. Since such a situation parallels that found on Lake Victoria itself, it is not difficult to predict the final outcome on the rivers should conservation measures be delayed.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 24, p. 274-278
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