Adoption and consequences of new light-fishing technology (LEDs) on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa

Autoři: Huruma Mgana aff001;  Benjamin M. Kraemer aff003;  Catherine M. O’Reilly aff004;  Peter A. Staehr aff005;  Ismael A. Kimirei aff001;  Colin Apse aff006;  Craig Leisher aff006;  Magnus Ngoile aff002;  Peter B. McIntyre aff003
Působiště autorů: Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, Kigoma, Tanzania aff001;  Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania aff002;  Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America aff003;  Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, United States of America aff004;  Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark aff005;  The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America aff006
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article


Maintaining sustainable fisheries requires understanding the influence of technological advances on catch efficiency, as technological creep can ultimately contribute to increased efficiency. Fisheries using light sources for attraction could be widely impacted by the shift to light emitting diode (LED) light systems. We studied the transition from kerosene lanterns to LED lamps in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa, examining factors that led to adoption as well as the impact of the new light sources on fish catch and composition. We used a combination of field experiments with catch assessments, fisher surveys, underwater light spectra measurements, and cost assessments to evaluate the impact of switching from kerosene to LED lamps. Overall, we found a very rapid rate of adoption of homemade outdoor LED light systems in Lake Tanganyika. Most of the batteries used to power these lamps were charged from the city power grid, rather than photovoltaic cells, although the potential exists for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The LED light spectra was distinct from the kerosene light and penetrated much deeper into the water column. Regardless of light type, most of the fish caught within the two dominant species were below maturity. Although the LED lamps were associated with a slight increase in catch, environmental factors, particularly distance offshore, were generally more important in determining fish catch size and composition. The main advantages of the LED lamps were the lower operating costs and their robustness in bad weather. Thus, the primary effect of the use of battery-powered LED lighting systems to attract fish in Lake Tanganyika appears to reduce economic costs and increasing efficiency. However, overall the lake’s fishery remains vulnerable to overfishing.

Klíčová slova:

Artificial light – Boats – Fish – Fisheries – Freshwater fish – Fuels – Lakes – Shores


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