A ban on natives eating Nile perch, and the crucial ‘indaba’ in Glasgow

Nile perch

Nile perch being delivered at weighing point in Jinja landing bay, Uganda in this photo taken on October 22, 2019.

Photo credit: Jeff Angote | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Even with the best management practices, our rivers and lakes cannot meet the growing demand for what we have been traditionally harvesting from them. 
  • The problem here is that we have degraded our wetlands to such an extent that they can hardly support any kind of life.

My beloved and revered teacher, Prof Mohamed Abdulaziz, guided me, in one of our conversations, to reflect on a famous mshororo (line of verse) from the work of Muyaka bin Hajji. “Kuvua numbi si kazi (making a big catch is no great deal)” runs the line, “kazi ni ugawaji (the deal is sharing it out).” For us littoral communities, whether by the sea or by the lakes, the significance of the observation is obvious.

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