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Bundibugyo to Fight Illegal Fishing

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Bundibugyo district is to step up efforts to halt illegal fishing on Lake Albert, the vice chairman, Justus Musoke has said.



Musoke says that his office has received disturbing reports about fishermen some from as far as the Democratic republic of Congo, using seine nets to trap fish.



He said that if not controlled, Lake Albert could soon be depleted of its fish resources. Musoke said the district would lose about 30 percent of the total revenue from the fish depletions.



On Sunday, the district authorities held a meeting in Kanara village to discuss the modalities that would be used to halt illegal fishing.



The meeting which was chaired by the Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Kazinga, resolved to write to the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, seeking to demarcate water boundaries between Uganda and DRC.



They argued that if demarcated, there would be a control zone which is essential to preserve the fertile fishing grounds.



The meeting also resolved to organise a stakeholders meeting of authorities from districts around the lake to agree on the measures to be used to curb illegal fishing and stop fishermen from going in the lake without patrols.



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