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10 Congolese Fishermen Held For Illegal Fishing

Ten Congolese fishermen have been arrested after being found using illegal fishing gears on Lake Albert. The fishermen were arrested at Kaiso landing site in Buseruka Sub County Hoima district on Monday evening.

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Ten Congolese fishermen have been arrested after being found using illegal fishing gears on Lake Albert.

The fishermen were arrested at Kaiso landing site in Buseruka Sub County Hoima district on Monday evening.

Mande Johnson Agaba, Hoima district Criminal Investigations Officer says the fishermen were arrested on the orders of the Hoima district Fisheries Officer, James Mwesigwa. They were immediately transferred to Hoima police station where they are currently being detained.

Agaba identifies some of the suspects as Safirit Mukasa, Charles Ochambo, Otengi Umaru, Francis Jachan and Rashi Ayud.

Mwesigwa says he ordered the arrest of the fishermen after being alerted by the Kaiso Beach Management Unit officials that they were using the outlawed monofilament fishing nets.

Mwesigwa says despite a recent crackdown on these illegal fishing gears, the Congolese fishermen were still sneaking them into the Uganda side of the lake.

In addition to the illegal fishing gear, the suspects were found with a sack full of immature fish.

Although the suspects deny any wrongdoing saying they were only hired by one Mikyeri from Congo, Mwesigwa maintains the fishermen have a case to answer.

Last year the fisheries ministry launched an operation against illegal fishing gears on Ugandan waters.

Ruth Nankabirwa, the fisheries minister who personally launched and closely monitored the exercise, said this was after a noticeable depletion of some commercial fish species like tilapia blamed on the use of illegal gears.

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