Restocking of small water bodies for a post Covid recovery and growth of fisheries and aquaculture production: socioeconomic implications

Christopher Mulanda Aura*, Chrisphine S. Nyamweya, Grace Njagi, Ruth Lewo Mwarabu, Collins Onyango Ongore, Fonda Jane Awuor, James Last Keyombe, Safina Musa, Hezron Awandu, Winnie Awoko, Sammy Macharia, Richard Oginga Abila

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Restocking of fish in Small Water Bodies (SWBs) is one of the technologies that can be used to enhance fish-food production for post Covid recovery and growth in food security, and national development. The current study aimed at assessing the socioeconomic impact and stock performance of restocked Nile tilapia fingerlings in SWBs in 15 counties in the Western and Central regions where the Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP) is implemented. The study employed both primary and secondary data from socioeconomics, environmental characteristics and fisheries and aquaculture aspects. There was no restocked dam with a low (< 1.66) socioeconomic impact, indicating the potential for restocking. The majority (n = 27; 79%) of the restocked SWBs had a moderate (1.66 – 2.33) impact, owing to the inherent constraints of adoptability by the local community. Twenty one percent (n = 7; 21%) of the SWBs had a high (2.34 - 3.00) impact and with better environmental conditions. The average condition factor (K) of tilapia in restocked SWBs was 1.24 ± 0.53 SD, suggesting excellent fish growth condition. Notably, restocking the SWBs could benefit riparian fishing communities by improving their livelihoods and providing food and nutritional security. Given the limited exploitation of fish in most SWBs in the developing countries, additional community awareness and capacity building interventions are needed to enhance optimal use of SWBs in post Covid era.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere01439
Number of pages11
JournalScientific African
Early online date10 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • Small water bodies (SWBs)
  • Socioeconomic impact
  • Restocking
  • Post Covid
  • Kenya


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