Sustainability is a must for Nile Perch. The increase this year in the availability of cod and other whitefish fillets will definitely affect the market of Nile perch.
Before the recovery of cod stocks, the main competitor of Nile Perch was pangasius fillet from Viet Nam, as well as tilapia from Asia, mainly China or Central America. Although these are cheaper, they are not as popular as cod in the European Union. Exporting companies and the governments of appropriate African countries will need to make a greater effort to publicise the work they have been doing on sustainability issues related to the Nile perch fisheries on Lake Victoria. Combatting bad press about overexploitation and mislabeling is still an important task for the sector. Read report at FAO Globefish.