Revealed: Why fish in Lake Nakuru are dying

Lake Nakuru

Residents of Barut fish in Lake Nakuru. The lake’s fish have been dying, prompting research into the incidents.

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What you need to know:

  • Nitrate levels from 0 – 40 ppm are generally safe for fish and anything greater than 45 milligrammes per litre is toxic.
  • According to research, nitrates, which are fertilisers, lead to superfluous growth of algae.
  • With a new research showing that lakes are warming, the fish at Lake Nakuru are more threatened than ever.

In January last year, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers woke up to a spectacle - hundreds of fish had died in Lake Nakuru.


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