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Uganda is a land of lakes and rivers that harbor freshwater fish of all kinds. Lakes Victoria, Edward and Kyoga and rivers like the Nile are the key attractions for this aquatic life. There are plenty of species that have emerged with local names. The most prominent ones are Nile Perch that the Baganda call empuuta and Singidia tilapia that has the local name, Engege. The country is also home to catfish, silverfish, eel, sprat and lungfish, among others.
We source our various catches of Uganda fish from the lake districts of the country. These include Mukono, Masaka, Lake Victoria, Luwero and Mpigi. We as also have nearby fishing stations that are a stone’s throw distance from major towns like Jinja as well as Entebbe on the western shores of Lake Victoria. Most of our sources operate small-scale fishing vessels and are deeply knowledgeable of the waters surrounding the areas they do their fishing.
The Nile Perch is one of the signature fish species of Uganda. It best thrives in brackish aquatic environments. It is one of the most accessible fish as it is native to much of East African and Central African lakes such as Lake Turkana in neighboring Kenya. Ugandans fish it by baited hooks and haul the catch to their small canoes that measure at least 4 meters long.
Singidia and Nile Tilapia
Known locally as Engege, Singidia tilapia is a staple of Uganda fish although its population is decreasing in Lake Victoria due to increased fishing. It measures about half a meter long. It is available in big numbers in the Lake Kyoga environs and other parts of the country. The Nile tilapia is the larger of the two cousins as it measures 0.6 meters long and weighs 4.3 kilograms. It has a great adaptive capacity as it is possible to find in Egypt where it is native and Israel, too.
With its local name Semutundu, catfish is another of the commonplace Uganda fish that exists in the country’s rivers and lakes. It is a quite small catch as it rarely exceeds the 12-centimeter long frame. It has some of the most distinctive physical traits including barbels or whisker-like parts that sprout from the cheek area.
In Uganda, lungfish or Emmamba is a slight, smooth species that is available in Gaba, Uganda. It is notable for its lobed fins and other indigenous biological features that make the fish capable of inhaling air.
Also going under the name Mukene, silverfish is one of the small species of Uganda fish that are common in market displays. They are available in the Kalangala market where they are taken out for drying over nets.
Uganda is also home to sprat with its Luganda name, Enkejje. It is a tiny species with an oily skin that usually swims next to many fish, not necessarily its species. It is also a common find in dried form in the Kalangala fish market.
This is another catfish subspecies that like its relative also can inhale air outside the aquatic setting. It goes under the local name Emalle. Its whiskers that sprout from the mouth area and its dark color give it the catfish classification.
The eel is a long fish with minute ray fins near the head that lives on the riverbanks. It is a common sight in a river setting where it suns itself. Though a predator, it is also a catch for those who love Ensonzi.
We source our trout from Kapchorwa district. This is on the waters of Sipi, a river that runs through the district. One popular method of catching trout is to use insect bait which easily attracts the fish onto the surface. The species makes for great sport for many fishing enthusiasts, including visitors.
We catch Uganda fish under phytosanitary conditions using sterilized fishing gear. Our well-trained fishermen have been in the business for generations and are therefore knowledgeable about the best catches. We use motorboats, canoes and even baskets to do the fishing. We also carry hooks and catching nets with us together with rods, hand lines and bait.
Our processing of Uganda fish begins with sorting the healthy ones and grouping them by species. We then grade them by their size, appearance and other characteristics. This is followed by bleeding, the removal of the guts and thorough cleaning with pure water.
We usually prepare the fish for transportation to the packing shed by extracting their innards completely and retaining the fillets. We then arrange the fillets in freezer bags, one by one, for ease of counting and identification. In most cases, we reduce the confusion of identifying species after dissection by keeping sections of their identifiable features like scales in bulk bags. We strive, however, to keep each species in a separate freezer bag.
We pack Uganda fish in designate freezer bags, ice-clad wrappers and ice-containing milk cartons. We attach to each bag conclusive details about the species, the health inspection date, the condition of the delivery and the net weight. We immediately load the fish to refrigerated vans for transportation to Entebbe for direct shipping.
All our fish from Uganda are stored in a cool, dry, chilled cold room away from moisture and light. We maintain only temporary storage duration to maintain freshness.
Therefore, we are your first choice for Uganda fish of all types from trout to Nile Perch and Tilapia. All our handling takes place under hygienic conditions under the inspection of Uganda’s Ministry of Health officials. We also ascertain quality at the dispatch point through the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics (UNBS). Thus, no matter the quantity or kind of fish you want, you will get it fresh, chilled and natural. Our prices are also quite low as we suit it to your budget. Make an order today!
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