The Nile Perch in Lake Victoria: Local Responses and Adaptations

@article{Pringle2005TheNP,
  title={The Nile Perch in Lake Victoria: Local Responses and Adaptations},
  author={Robert M. Pringle},
  journal={Africa},
  year={2005},
  volume={75},
  pages={510 - 538}
}
  • R. Pringle
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Geography
  • Africa
Abstract Introduced into Lake Victoria in the 1950s, the Nile perch has gained fame for prompting rapid regional economic growth and for driving scores of endemic fish species into extinction. This study uses oral and archival data to trace the historical development of the Nile perch fishery on Lake Victoria. Particular emphasis is placed on local responses and adaptations to (1) the Nile perch itself; (2) the abrupt integration of the Lake Victoria fishery with the global economy; and (3) the… 

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