We are still verifying a peculiar report indicating that fishermen one of the world’s biggest lakes have caught a monster fish which colleagues mistook for “an elephant”.
According to the report, the fishermen managed to trap a Nile Perch locally knows as empuuta weighing at least 205kgs.
There was awe and bewilderment at Ggaba landing site as everyone rushed to catch a glimpse of the monster fish, as seen in the pictures.
It was reportedly sold at Shs4.2m, the highest ever recorded in the history of the lake.
In September 2015, President Yoweri Museveni while on his Busia eastern Uganda operation wealth creation campaign told the fishing community that “Lake Victoria is here but it’s a dead lake because it has no fish.”
Museveni said that fish produces and multiplies faster and if both the government and the fishing communities protected lakes, in a few months the lakes would regain their fishing potential.
He asked Busia elders to take leading role in protecting Lake Victoria from overfishing and the catching of immature fish.
“The army will support you. There is no more fish in our lake!” Museveni said.
The Nile perch
The Nile perch (Lates niloticus) is a species of freshwater fish in family Latidae of order Perciformes widespread in Congo, Nile, Senegal, Niger, and Lake Chad, Volta, Lake Turkana, and other river basins.
It also occurs in the brackish waters of Lake Maryut in Egypt but is not native to Uganda’s lake Victoria hence the trade name “Victoria perch”.
In Tanzania, it is called sangara, sankara or chenku while in Francophone African countries, it is known as capitaine and in Egypt/Sudan as am’kal.
Its name in the Hausa language is giwan ruwa, meaning “water elephant”.
One of the largest freshwater fish, it reaches a maximum length of nearly 2 m (more than 6 ft), weighing up to 200 kg (440 lb).
The Nile perch was introduced to Lake Victoria in East Africa in the 1950s.
The fish’s introduction to Lake Victoria was ecologically disruptive, and led to the establishment of large fishing companies.
In 2003, Nile perch sales to the EU reached 169 million euros while sport-fishing in the region of Uganda and Tanzania provided additional income from tourism.