Breaking

Amolatar District Registers 95% Increase in Fish Stock

The government banned fishing activities on all Uganda water bodies in May 2019 to improve the fish stocks and reorganise the sector. As a result, a number of districts have reported improvements in fish stock, which have been attributed to the intervention of the Fisheries Protection Unit.

Audio 4

Amolatar District has registered a 95 per cent improvement in fish stocks following the suspension of fishing activities in Lake Kyoga.

The government banned fishing activities on all Uganda water bodies in May 2019 to improve the fish stocks and reorganise the sector.  As a result, a number of districts have reported improvements in fish stock, which have been attributed to the intervention of the Fisheries Protection Unit.

The Unit Commander, Lt. Julius K. Ankunda says that besides Amolatar, Serere district has recorded improvements of up to 75 per cent, Nakasongola 65 per cent, and Kalaki and Soroti with 50 and 45 per cent respectively.

He was speaking during a visit by State Minister for Local Government Jenifer Namyangu Kacha who was in the area to investigate complaints of torture levelled against the Unit by fishermen.

//Cue in; “We have already...

Cue out… to benefit alone.”//  

He explained that the suspension that was supposed to last three months was extended to cover other districts to avoid conflicts over the lake resource.

//Cue in; “We are doing…   

Cue out… it is balanced.”//

Amolatar District Chairperson Simon Peter Ongom Seydou confirmed the improved fish stocks and asked the government to lift the suspension, saying Nile perch have started feeding on tilapia, which is counterproductive.

//Cue in; “The fish has… 

Cue out… be very interesting.”//

He was supported by the District Production and Marketing Secretary, Francis Opio Obote, saying any further delays to lift the the suspension will trigger domestic violence since some men sold their land to buy boats with the hope of returning to the lake. 

In her response, Jenifer Namuyangu said opening lakes will be dependent on adherence to the set requirements, which triggered the ban in the first place. She asked the district officials to turn their anger against illegal fishing practices in order to expedite the opening process. 

“Let’s go and sensitize the people. Those who are still hiding their canoes in the waters let them hand them over because they will not be allowed to use them and in any case, they are the ones delaying the opening of the lake,” she said.   

//Cue in; “And when the…  

Cue out… that we have.”//

At least 163 boats of the recommended size of 28 feet have already been assembled at Banagala landing sites pending the resumption of the fishing activities.

Keywords

Entities