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Experts contradict report on Lake Naivasha
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 18:23:21 CDT by kwpnews


NAIVASHA - Environmentalists and eco-tourism operators have dismissed a government's report on the cause of fish deaths in Lake Naivasha as fishermen trooped back to the troubled lake.

They termed the report as a public relations gimmick as they maintained that the fish died due to pollution of the lake by the flower farms around the lake.

On Tuesday the minister for fisheries Paul Otuoma attributed the deaths to low oxygen levels in the water body as he called off the three week fishing ban.

However the experts are now punching holes into the report and questioning why only a section of the lake was affected by the deaths.

According to an ecotourism operator David Kilo, only the southern end of the lake where flower farms are located was affected by the deaths.

Otuoma said results from a series of laboratory tests revealed that insufficient oxygen levels were responsible for the deaths and not chemical dumping by flower farms as earlier alleged.

He blamed the suffocation on decaying of land plants that were swept to the lake by the recent floods.

However an environmentalist Isaac Ouma wondered how the dead plants could have caused the deaths as they had been washed into the lake in October 2009 while the deaths occured in February 2010.

Ouma said the rivers that flow into the lake are based on the north end adding that this is where the deaths should have occurred which was not the case.

An ecology expert Don Turner who has lived in the area for fifty years pointed an accusing finger at the flower farms, Naivasha municipal council and KWS.

He termed the lake as ‘dead' adding that due to massive pollution, the waters were no longer useful to flower farms and the local communities.

However the fishermen welcomed the lifting of the ban saying now they can go back to earning their living the only way they know how.

The fish deaths were reported on February 16 and 17 at Kamere Beach in the southern part of Lake Naivasha involving some 700 adult common carp.

Initial blame was directed at nearby flower farms that may have discharged waste into the lake.

Source: KNA

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