Fish sellers

Traders selling fish at Homa Bay town fish market on November 23, 2020. George Odiwour | Nation Media Group

| George Odiwour | Nation Media Group

Growing demand for Nile Perch swim bladder threatening fish species in Lake Victoria

What you need to know:

  • Fish maw has various uses, including manufacture of surgical sutures used for sewing wounds after surgery.
  • Traders buying the bladders from fishmongers in Homa Bay say the trade is lucrative. 

A thriving trade in fish swim bladder is threatening the existence of the Nile Perch (mbuta) in Lake Victoria.


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