|Title||Analysis of species changes in Lake Victoria using ECOPATH, a multispecies trophic model|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Series Editor||Pitcher, TJ, Hart PJB|
|Number of Pages||137-161|
|Publisher||Chapman and Hall|
|Keywords||Africa, Victoria L., chains, Cichlidae, ecosystem disturbance, FOOD, food webs, Freshwater, Introduced species, lake fisheries, Lates, modelling, MODELS, niloticus, Q1 01482 Ecosystems and energetics, Q1 01601 General, trophic relationships|
A multispecies trophic model called ECOPATH II can be used to describe the trophic relationships in an aquatic ecosystem on a quantitative basis and to explain the changes in fish stocks after a severe modification of environment such as the introduction of a new species or a significant increase of fishing effort. An example is provided for Lake Victoria. This chapter also demonstrates the importance of cooperation among specialists.