Agaria (Haplochromis Argenteus)
Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 202524276
To promote survival prospects of critically endangered Haplochromis Argenteus in Lake Bisina and the surrounding wetlands in Eastern Uganda.
Following the introduction of the predatory Nile Perch in Lake Victoria, most cichlid fish species particularly Haplochromis Argenteus declined rapidly in Uganda. The rapid decline of Haplochromis Argenteus in the country, is exacerbated by the continued use of unsustainable fishing methods and the degradation of the surrounding wetland ecosystem. This project was designed to contribute towards increasing the population of critically endangered Haplochromis Argenteus in Lake Bisina and the surrounding wetlands in Eastern Uganda. The project is anchored on a two pronged approach. The first being education of stakeholders on the rapid decline of Haplochromis Argenteus in the country, the causes of the decline, and the need to conserve biodiversity. We believe that while education is the most powerful tool for transforming lives, it is also a tool for creating a sustainable planet. Thus, we are not only sensitizing fishing communities, community leaders and local government officials on the threats to biodiversity and its consequences, but we are also encouraging them to actively conserve critically endangered Haplochromis Argenteus fish species. The second approach involves establishing sanctuaries and breeding ponds for the multiplication of Haplochromis Argenteus fish species. Using this approach, we have established the first fish sanctuary and multiplication site in the country. These sanctuary and multiplication ponds will definitely increase the population of Haplochromis Argenteus and save it from extinction. Our plan is to replicate our experience and learning in this project to cover all cichlid fish species facing extinction in the country. We also plan to establish sanctuaries and multiplication sites for other species facing extinction in the country other than cichlid fish species.