Modern strains put Lake Victoria in critical condition

Pollution and overfishing in Lake Victoria have become severe

Pollution and overfishing in Lake Victoria have become so severe that scientists believe they threaten the health and livelihoods of millions of East Africans.

And researchers in the three countries bordering the world’s largest tropical lake — Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda — largely blame governments and national agencies for failing to control the effluent and other waste that pours into the water every day.

John Omolo, 35, who has worked for two decades as a fisherman in the lakeside Kenyan city of Kisumu, says he now fishes only twice a week instead of every day, as he did when fish were still abundant just three years ago.

 

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