Item Details

Title: Aquatic Ecology Monitoring: Water quality, fish, fish catch, sanitation and disease vectors. Monitoring No. 18

Date Published: 2016
Author/s: National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI)
Data publication: June 2016
Funding Agency : Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL)
Copyright/patents/trade marks: NaFIRRI
Journal Publisher: National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI)
Affiliation: National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI)
Keywords: Aquatic Ecology, fish catch, disease vectors, Monitoring, Fisheries.


This ecological monitoring survey No. 18 (4th -13th April 2016) on the Upper Victoria Nile is the ninth one to be undertaken after completion of construction of 250 MW Bujagali hydropower plant in February 2012, which was commissioned seven months later. During the post construction period, ecological monitoring surveys have been conducted at the original two sampling transects Kalange-Makwanzi and Buyala-Kikubamutwe and third one (mid-reservoir) established in the mid reach (30 m deep) of the new reservoir to track any developments/changes in the water environment and aquatic biota. In the post-construction monitoring surveys, the assessments of algae, zooplankton and benthic macro-invertebrates which had been dropped since April 2008 were reverted to. This report presents observations made on the above-mentioned ecological aspects of the Upper Victoria Nile and draws comparisons of the present results with those made in the previous surveys at the three transects.