Despite the government's efforts to eradicate it and a recently launched campaign to clear the Great Lake Victoria, the water hyacinth menace remains a great problem to fishermen.

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The weed which continues to cover a wide part of the lake like a green carpet has reduced the lake's potential.

It has reduced transport income at the Kisumu port which can no longer host docking ships.

The most affected sector is the fishing sector, with fishermen increasingly having it hard and worrying embarking on their expeditions for fear of their boats getting stuck in the middle of the lake.

However, they seem to have devised a new mode of beating the floating weed by sailing their boats in the opposite direction to the wind.

They claim the wind helps them by pushing the weed away, giving them the opportunity to fish on the remaining portion of the lake.

"If we go fishing now we'll be stuck in the hyacinth. All we can do is wait for the wind to turn and take the hyacinth with it, "40-year-old Maurice Omondi, a fisherman in one of Kisumu beaches told the Standard.

Thomas Ouma, another fisherman, told the paper that the weed is not only hindering movement across the lake but also destructive to their fishing gear.

"Sometimes we go out fishing and can't come back because the hyacinth blocks access to the beach. At other times, the hyacinth takes our nets," he said.

Currently, 42, 000 acres of the side of the lake under Kenya is covered by the weed.