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23 Arrested for Making Illegal Fishing Nets :: Uganda Radionetwork

23 Arrested for Making Illegal Fishing Nets

Kalangala authorities are holding 23 people for their involvement in producing undersize nets used to catch immature fish.
Some of the suspects arrested in Kalangala for making illegal fishnets

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Kalangala authorities are holding 23 people for their involvement in producing undersize nets used to catch immature fish. The suspects were picked up on Thursday from Bukuzindu sand reserve in Mugoye Sub County during a joint operation by police and fisheries officer. Elias Tumisiime, the Mugoye Sub county fisheries law enforcement officer identifies the suspects as Ssali Emmanuel, Andrew Kiseka, Matembe Bashir, Buluhani Sserwanga and Namusoke Nagawa.

Tumusiime says that they also picked up several minors. According to Tumusiime they have been hunting for the people who hire minors to make the robes and beach seines used to catch immature. He says that they were prompted to carry out the operation after recovering several ropes and beach seines from about 10 landing sites in Kalangala. Tumusiime says that they found the suspects red handed producing the nets at Bukuzindu.

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Jackson Baguma, Kalangala district Fisheries Officer says fishermen have resorted to making their own nets because of the intensified operation by government against the importation of undersized nets. He explains that locally manufactured nets are more dangerous compared to the banned imported undersized nets because their investigations show that they can trap even the youngest tilapia and Nile Perch

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Godfrey Matte, the Kalangala DPC says the suspects are being held at Mugoye and Luku police posts awaiting their prosecution at Kalangala court. He says the suspects will be charged with possession of undersized nets. Matte says the minor suspects will be cautioned and released. He also appeals to Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police to deploy more officers in Kalangala saying the available 60 officers are overstretched.

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Andrew Kisekka and Margie Nagawa, two of the suspects have denied their involvement in the production of undersize nets. Nagawa claims that she was preparing materials to roof her shrine when she was picked by the officers.

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