Here is a shot of Nile Tilapia for sale this morning along a southern shore of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Covering some 68,800 sq km (26,600 sq mi), it’s the second largest body of fresh water on the planet after North America’s Lake Superior, and is a major source of the Nile, the world’s longest river.
The larger ones at the front, about 3kg (6.6lb) each, are priced at 36,000 Ugandan Shillings, about US$10.
The lake, a massive economic driver in the region, is under considerable threat. Some 35 million people from the three countries that border it –Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya– depend directly or indirectly on the lake for their livelihood, survival that’s become increasingly precarious due to over-fishing, pollution and nearby deforestation.
I was planning to post a few more but those have to wait for when I land in Brussels; boarding now. In the meantime, here’s a brief video from the small market I posted to my Facebook page.