The decline in fish landings and the reduction in the marketing value of fish from Lake Nasser can be attributed to improper fishing practices and unsuitable fish handling. Such practices have a negative economic impact on fishstocks, fishers’ income, employment opportunities and the human food supply. With the support of assorted stakeholders, the Youth Employment in Aswan Governorate: Extension of Fisheries and Aquaculture Interventions project conducted a stock assessment study over two years to identify the salient features of the Lake Nasser fishery to better use its resources.
Fish from Lake Nasser are an important source of animal protein in Upper Egypt. However, stocks are overfished and catches are decreasing. In 2017, WorldFish, as part of the Youth Employment in Aswan Governorate: Extension of Fisheries and Aquaculture Interventions project, conducted a stock assessment study to gather information and data to develop a fishery management plan.