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Abstract

The Nile perch (Lates niloticus) is often considered one of the worst invasive species on earth because of the damage it has done to Lake Victoria's ecology. Recently however the fish has been used as an export product and has become a significant source of revenue for fishing communities in the Lake Victoria Basin. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the introduction of the Nile perch into Lake Victoria through a political ecology perspective. In this paper we observe who the winners and losers are as a result of Nile perch introduction. The Nile perch has led to economic development however it has keep countries in the Lake Victoria Basin at the mercy of countries in the Global North most notably Europe leading to the continuation of a neo-colonial relationship. The paper further examines the implications that have resulted from the emergence of a hybrid ecology in Lake Victoria.

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