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Fisheries Protection Unit Burns Illegal Boats in Amolatar

The operation that started early this week has seen several illegal nets, undersized boats and smaller sized fish recovered and subsequently destroyed.
The Fisheries Protection Unit has burnt 500 undersized and unlicensed boats in Amolatar District.

This is part of the wider operation being conducted by the UPDF soldiers against illegal fishing activities on Lake Kyoga. 

The operation that started early this week has seen several illegal nets, undersized boats and smaller sized fish recovered and subsequently destroyed.

The boats were recovered from Namasale, Bangladesh among other landing sites during the on-going operation launched early this week. 

Lt. Col.Moses Nuwagaba, the Commander of UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit has since Monday been conducting door to door search of homes looking for undersized nets and fish. 

Col.Nuwagaba notes that the operation shall last for a period of three months until all the fishermen, boats are registered. 

The army has also ordered for the closure of all satellite and illegal landing sites in the area.

Lillian Eyal, the Amolatar Resident District Commissioner said they had discovered more than 10 existing illegal landing sites.

Eyal says only motorized 28 seater boats shall be registered during the operation and that only Ugandans shall be registered to fish on Lake Kyoga.

She notes that there are hundreds of fishermen from Democratic Republic of Congo who had for long been fishing on Lake Kyoga.

Rembo Ongu, the LCIII chairperson of Namasale Sub County welcomes the UPDF operation saying it will restore complete sanity on the use of Lake Kyoga.

Ongu said fish on Lake Kyoga had already been depleted as a result of use of illegal undersized nets locally known as Kokota.

Last week, a section of some local residents in Amolatar protested the two months ban and asked government to consider providing them with the required fishing gears so that they can resume fishing activity.    

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