The Development of Key Environmental Datasets for Fisheries Institutions on Lake Victoria

Authors: Noah Krach*, , Stuart Hamilton, Salisbury University, Matthew Caddenhead, Salisbury University, Sarah Glaser, Secure Fisheries, Leslie Kaufman, Boston University, Dale Rothman, University of Denver, Karin Wedig, University of Denver
Topics: Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Lake Victoria, Fisheries, Environmental Datasets
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Aquaculture surpassed wild capture fisheries as the primary source of global seafood in 2014. On the one hand, aquaculture promises to fill the gap left by declining wild fisheries and to provide the world with a reliable and affordable protein. On the other hand, aquaculture can have negative consequences such as pollution, inequitable distribution of economic benefits, and ecological impacts. These tradeoffs are becoming increasingly evident around Lake Victoria. In the face of stagnating wild fisheries in Lake Victoria and a surging human population around its shores, aquaculture has been proposed a means to improve food security and enhance local livelihoods in the Lake Victoria Basin. An international team of researchers (NSF 1518532) are investigating the potential for Lake Victoria based aquaculture and the implications for wild fisheries, global and local supplies of fish, and regional economic development. Researchers are currently developing core environmental datasets such as a high resolution bathymetric map, shoreline, and strata to support this endeavor. These datasets will help power the research into the links between aquaculture and wild fish in Lake Victoria, which in-turn will increase understanding of how aquaculture in emerging markets can be structured to promote both environmental sustainability and economic equitability.

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