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Artisanal Rastrineobola argentea light fishing on Lake Victoria, Kenya: traditional kerosene lamps and PV-battery modern lighting systems, markets, and improving safety and supply security

McHenry, M.P., Doepel, D., Onyango, B. and Opara, U.L. (2012) Artisanal Rastrineobola argentea light fishing on Lake Victoria, Kenya: traditional kerosene lamps and PV-battery modern lighting systems, markets, and improving safety and supply security. In: The African Technology Policy Studies Network’s (ATPS) annual conference: Emerging paradigms, technologies and innovations for sustainable development: Global imperatives and African realities, 19 - 23 November, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Abstract

This research investigates the use of modern lighting technology in use for artisanal light fishing for omena/dagaa/mukene (Rastrineobola argentea) on Lake Victoria in Kenya. Technical system simulations, analysis of field data, economic modelling, and peer-review literature indicates that there is a clear economic rationale for small-scale stand-alone photovoltaic-based battery charging for new light emitting diode (LED) lighting technology to displace existing pressurised kerosene lamp technology, and that implementation of even an unsubsidised custom light fishing system design can deliver a substantial reduction in fishing costs. In addition, our research suggests that new lighting technology designs can more efficiently attract targeted fish species and potentially reduce bycatch of endangered cichlid species. Furthermore, our initial research findings elucidate numerous external benefits of the new system: new LED lighting systems can be locally designed and assembled, creating a new local service industry; cost-effective photovoltaic-battery- LED designs can be used in the household during the day/evening (in contrast to existing fishing lighting technology); the proposed technology reduces other major costs of fishing, such as travel to obtain existing fuels/energy; the technology is zero emissions at point of use; is healthier and safer to operate; can eliminate environmental (kerosene) pollution; increases local energy security, and; enable fishers to own a fishing asset with lasting value, potentially of use as collateral to utilise credit services over time.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14597
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