Commercial Fisheries Feasibility Study


Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Advance Africa, in partnership with African Parks (AP) Biodiversity Management Unit (BMU), undertook a feasibility study for the development of commercial fisheries on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park, Rwanda.

The overall aim of the project was to determine if fisheries development could create alternative livelihoods for communities living within the park.

The study included:

(1) An assessment of the ecological feasibility of a commercial fishery, including analyses of species composition, length frequency, selectivity, and catch per unit effort (CPUE);

(2) The development of a commercial fishery operational plan;

(3) A financial feasibility assessment including bio-modelling and CAPEX and OPEX requirements; and,

(4) Providing recommendations regarding future phases of the initative including the potential for aquaculture.

The feasibility study provided AP with a set of recommendations for the development of fisheries on Lake Ihema which included ongoing research and monitoring of the fish populations to ensure sustainable harvest limits.