The Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) has set ablaze fishing gears for
more than 200 fishermen at Akampala landing site in Kaberamaido district. FPU
accuses the locals of using illegal fishing gear, which falls short of the
In an operation headed by the FPU commander, Col. Geoffrey Nuwagaba on Thursday, the
army destroyed over 5,000 illegal fishing nets and several boats worth over 300
Catherine Alado, one of the locals whose boat was destroyed, said fishing has
been her source of income for several years and destroying her fishing boat
will push her out of business.
Another fisherman John Okello accused the UPDF officers of torture and selling
the confiscated gears. He argued that they would have allowed them to continue
fishing until they get money to buy the recommended fishing gear.
Geoffrey Nuwagaba, the Commander of the fisheries protection unit in the area,
says since 2017, the fishermen have refused to abandon illegal fishing. He
rubbished the allegations of torturing fishermen and selling confiscated
illegal gear by the law enforcers.
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David Ababa, the Ochero Sub County LCV Councilor is impressed with the move by
the enforcement officers, which he said is aimed at boosting fish production.
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KK Okiria, a local leader at Akampala landing site says 5,671 monofilament
nets, 109 unrecommended nets and 96 ‘Kokoto’ were destroyed in the operation.
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In May 2019, the government slapped a ban on commercial fishing at the lake
over illegal fishing methods. The government lifted the ban on July 27,
2020, and few fishermen have been cleared to operate along lakes countrywide.
In January 2017, President Museveni established the FPU to crackdown on illegal
fishing on Lake Kyoga, which was blamed for the dwindling fish stocks in the
This has in the last couple of years seen fish stock, especially
Nile Perch, significantly increase in size.