Cascading effects of introduced Nile perch (Lates niloticus) on the foraging ecology of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)
The Lake Victoria ecosystem has experienced changes associated with fishing levels, a rise in lake level in the 1960s, fish introductions, and human activities in the drainage basin. Following the fish introductions of the 1950s and early 1960s, Oreochromis niloticus has become the most abundant and commercially important species among the tilapiines, and the only species which has managed to co-exist with the Nile perch in Lakes Victoria and Kyoga. There is, however, little published information on the biology and ecology of the specie in the new habitats. It has therefore been found necessary to initiate studies on the characteristics of O. niloticus in Lake Victoria.