Fisheries Frame surveys have been carried out on Lake Victoria biannually since
2000 to determine the number of fishers, fish landing sites, and facilities at the
landing sites, as well as the composition of fishing crafts, their mode of
propulsion, fishing gears and the fish species they target. This information is
used to guide development and management of the lake’s fisheries.
Following the reorganisation of landing sites into Beach Management Units
(BMUs), the number of landing sites decreased from 597 in 2000 to 435 in 2008.
The survey in 2010 showed an increase to 503 landing sites, an indication that
new landing sites are coming up. The fish landing sites continue to have
inadequate facilities such as fish shades, cold rooms to service the fisheries
industry and very few (5%) have access to electricity and 32% had access to all weather roads.