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Lake Kivu fish stock higher following ban

Lake Kivu is witnessing higher fish stocks following a temporary ban on fishing in the lake, according to the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)

The RAB placed a two-month ban on fishing in the Lake Kivu last year to allow fish to breed and multiply its stock as numbers were declining.

“After lifting the ban, production tripled,” Gregoire Dusabemungu, RAB’s head of fish farming and fisheries, recently said.

The output of Lake Kivu was 1,300 tonnes of fish per month, however, since the ban was lifted in October last year output has reached an estimated 2,100 tonnes of fish per month, said Dusabemungu.

The president of Federation of Fishers’ Cooperatives in Rwanda, Théophile Nyandwi, stated that production had increased following the lifting of the ban but then fell again in January.

In Rusizi district, the president of the Federation of Fishers’ Cooperatives, Remy Uhirashebuja, said production is around 60 tonnes of fish per month.