Nile Perch Soon Gone from Lake Victoria

19 January 2012, 17:01

Much has been reported about the Nile perch in the past years, though little in his favor. In fact, this large, African native near-top level predator that is, though facing grave competition from Asian pangasius and farmed white cod, still one of the most important food fishes today in the shelves of European supermarkets (peaking in the years 2004 and 2005 with a total export value of over 150 million dollars, Nile perch exports have continuously dropped ever since, from 52,800 metric tons in 2007 to an all-time low of 32, 000 metric tons past year) frequently serves as a negative example for the impact of human meddling with ecosystems (see also Darwin's Nightmare).

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