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Table 4 Types, extents and seasons of fish post-harvest losses

From: Assessment of fish post-harvest losses in Tekeze dam and Lake Hashenge fishery associations: northern Ethiopia

Variables (n = 254) No. (%) Variables (n = 254) No. (%)
Proportion of catch spoils before landing The storage time of your processed fish before sending to the market
 1 jerry can out of 10 jerry cans 109 (42.9)  1 day 43 (16.9)
 2 jerry cans out of 10 jerry cans 41 (16.1)  1 week 56 (22)
 3 jerry cans out of 10 jerry cans 13 (5.1)  2 weeks 91 (35.8)
 Above 3 jerry cans out of 10 jerry cans 16 (6.3)  1 month 43 (16.9)
 Others 75 (29.5)  More than 1 month 21 (8.3)
Proportion fish load damaged upon reaching the market Do you get (face) post-harvest fish losses?
 1–3 kg out of one sack 118 (46.5)  Yes 235 (92.5)
 4–6 kg out of one sack 21 (8.3)  No 19 (7.5)
 7–8 kg out of one sack 12 (4.7) Have you incur loss due to submerged nettings or sudden fell down of vessels from boat?
 10 kg and above out of one sack 95 (37.4)  Yes 195 (76.8)
 We didn’t face fish damage/no spoil fish 8 (3.2)  No 59 (23.2)
When do you mostly incur losses? Did you throw any fish into the lake before landing because of spoilage?
 During fresh fish handling 68 (26.8)  Yes 66 (26)
 During processing 27 (10.6)  No 188 (74)
 During storage 132 (52) How often did you discard fish during the last 6 months?
 During distribution 27 (10.6)  Never 13 (5.1)
During which season do you incur high losses?  Once 14 (5.5)
 During January 45 (17.7)  Twice 43 (16.9)
 During April 47 (18.5)  More than twice 184 (72.4)
 During July 118 (46.5) Do you get lower price due to low quality of fish?
 During October 4 (1.6)  Yes 40 (15.7)
 Others 40 (15.7)  No 214 (84.3)