Fisherman and Ugandans living around Lake Victoria Shores have been warned against consuming fish which has been floating on the lake for the past few days.
Joyce Ikwaput Nyeko, the Ag. Director Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture says although the ministry investigated and ruled out poisoning as the cause of death for the fish, consuming them is not safe.
“Colleagues, with the recent flooding, weeds in the water some of which sunk and during rotting used up oxygen, the most likely explanation is drop in oxygen levels,” she said.
“With the recent strong winds there has been lake overturn with bottom water low in oxygen coming up and mixing with upper layers reducing oxygen levels thus Nile perch kills.”
She asked people to be patient for the final laboratory results because this is not the first time such an incident is happening on Lake Victoria.
Those staying near the lake have been advised to pick the fish and bury it to reduce the smell.