Mapping spatial distribution of Ring-net fishing effort and validation of PFZ (Potential Fishing Zones) fronts.

Currently, the offshore fish stocks and in particular the pelagic fish resources are under exploited due to inadequate knowledge of locating good fishing grounds. We observe a reduction in fish catch along the coast which is of concern as it is a threat to the local economy, food security and the livelihoods of the coastal local communities. The project aim at reducing fishing pressure in shallow waters and help fishers to venture off-shore for potential fishing grounds through application of Earth Observation satellite technology.

2018Peter, H.K., van Zwieten, P.A.M., 2018. Operational, environmental, and resource productivity factors driving spatial distribution of gillnet and longline fishers targeting Nile-perch (Lates niloticus), Lake Victoria. Journal of Great Lakes Research 44, 1235-1251.
2015Cornelissen, I.J.M., van Zwieten, P.A.M., Peter, H.K., Nagelkerke, L.A.J. (2015) Nile perch distribution in south-east Lake Victoria is more strongly driven by abiotic factors, than by prey densities. Hydrobiologia 755, 239-255.
2014Downing, A.S., van Nes, E.H., Balirwa, J.S., Beuving, J., Bwathondi, P.O.J., Chapman, L.J., Cornelissen, I.J.M., Cowx, I.G., Goudswaard, K.P.C., Hecky, R.E., Janse, J.H., Janssen, A.B.G., Kaufman, L., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Kolding, J., Ligtvoet, W., Mbabazi, D., Medard, M., Mkumbo, O.C., Mlaponi, E., Munyaho, A.T., Nagelkerke, L.A.J., Ogutu-Ohwayo, R., Ojwang, W.O., Peter, H.K., Schindler, D.E., Seehausen, O., Sharpe, D., Silsbe, G.M., Sitoki, L., Tumwebaze, R., Tweddle, D., van de Wolfshaar, K.E., van Dijk, H., van Donk, E., van Rijssel, J.C., van Zwieten, P.A.M., Wanink, J., Witte, F., Mooij, W.M. (2014) Coupled human and natural system dynamics as key to the sustainability of Lake Victoria's ecosystem services. Ecology and Society 19.
2011Okuku, E.O., Peter, H.K. (2012) Choose of Heavy Metals Pollution Biomonitors: A Critic of the Method that uses Sediments total Metals Concentration as the Benchmark. International Journal of Environmental Research 6, 313-322.
2010Okuku, E.O., Mubiana, V.K., Hagos, K.G., Peter, H.K. and Blust, R. (2010). Bioavailability of Sediment-bound Heavy Metals on the East African Coast. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 31 - 42.
2007 Peter, H. K. (2007). Evaluation of heavy metal contamination in sediments, macro-algae and mollusc species at selected locations along the East Coast of Africa . Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for Master degree in Ecological Marine Management, Free University of Brussels (VUB-Vrije Universiteit Brussels). Brussels, Belgium.

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