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Bernard Ariangu, the Chairperson of Fisheries Protection Unit- FPU at Kagwara landing site, says the least each boat gets per day is 30 kilograms of Nile Perch.
FPU Commandant for Serere, Kaberamaido and Amolatar, Lt. Julius Ankunda shows Nile Perch caught by fishermen in Kagwara.

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Fishermen at Kagwara Landing Site in Serere District are celebrating the resumption of fishing activities on Lake Kyoga with a bumper catch. 

Fish catches have tripled since fishing resumed on Kagwara Landing Site. On Wednesday alone, more than 1,000 kilograms of Nile Perch were captured using 30 boats currently operating on the lake.

Bernard Ariangu, the Chairperson of Fisheries Protection Unit- FPU at Kagwara landing site, says the least each boat gets per day is 30 kilograms of Nile Perch. 

At a range of 6,000 to 7,000 Shillings per kilogram, Ariangu explains that the lives of the fishing community are likely to change for the better within the shortest time if the fish catch continues at the same pace.

 

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Noah Enou, a boat owner at Kagwara Landing site, says he doesn’t regret the time lost when Lake Kyoga was closed.

He explains that in just a week, he has managed to save more than 500,000 Shillings, something he notes was never the case before the ban. 

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Joseph Opit Okojo, the Serere District Chairperson wants government to consider establishing a fish factory in the area to provide market for the fish, its stock has increased following the ban on fishing. 

Although government is yet to release findings of the fish stocks on Lake Kyoga, Dr. Edward Rukunya, the Director of Fisheries Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries- MAAIF, says Nile Perch stocks have grown by 31 percent in Lake Victoria since FPU launched operations against illegal fishing, three years ago.

The development has led to the revival of six fish factories in Jinja, Mukono and Entebbe, according to DR Rukunya.