Fishermen in Kampala landing site, Amolatar District are
counting loses despite the resumption of fishing on Lake Kyoga.
April 2019, the government suspended fishing following a request by Lake Kyoga
Integrated Management Organization (LAKIMO) following concerns of depletion of
fish species due to poor fishing methods. The
suspension was also aimed at enabling fishermen to
acquire standard boats and fishing gears.
Last month, fishing resumed on Lake Kyoga after the ban which was imposed by the
The suspension of fishing activities rendered
thousands of households vulnerable since they solely depended on the
lake for their livelihood.
Despite the resumption, most of the
fishermen in Kampala landing site are still registering very low fish catch that
has left them stranded.
James Awere, a fisherman says several fishermen who had invested their
money in buying the boats are counting losses since their boats are not making
Awere attributes the low catch to increasing water levels.
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Alex Omia, a member of the landing site management committee says
that low fish catch is a challenge to the leaders since it has affected their
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Stella Aloko who operates a small restaurant at the landing site
said she has resorted to cooking only beans since most of the fishermen come
out of the lake with no fish, which has greatly affected her business.
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Alex Odongo a consumer of fish said they are always forced to
spend the whole day waiting for fishermen hoping they will bring enough fish
but in most cases, they return home empty-handed.
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The fishermen believe that this may affect revenue collections
from the landing site after the six month tax holiday which the government gave
to all the landing sites on lake Kyoga.