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Factors favoring the development of the fishing industry in East Africa
- Availability of enough fishing grounds such as Lake Victoria, Kyoga, Tanganyika, and the Indian Ocean.
- Availability of high-value fish species such as Tilapia and Nile perch with high market demand.
- Introduction of better and effective fishing methods such as the use of gill nets.
- Introduction of better fishing vessels such motorboats fitted with engines which are used for fishing.
- Presence of abundant plankton (food for fish) has led to fish multiplication in large numbers.
- Improved transport network linking fishing grounds to market centers.
- Availability of ready market for fish which is both local and international e.g. fish processing industries, local people, and neighbouring D.R.C.
- Indented nature of fishing grounds which are favourable for the development of fish landing sites e.g. Kasenyi and Majanji on Lake Victoria.
- Introduction of fish corporations which teach better the fishermen new and modern fishing skills.
- Political stability especially along Lake Victoria which has attracted foreign investors e.g. Japanese and Indians.
- Availability of adequate capital for investment e.g. buying boats and engines.
- Supportive government policy that encourages investment in fishing activities e.g. through market research and road construction.