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Fishermen in Amolatar Decry Low Fish Catch

Despite the growth in the number and sizes of fish in the lake, most of the fishermen in Kampala landing site are still registering very low fish catch that has left them stranded.
Fishermen weighing their catch for the day

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Fishermen in Kampala landing site, Amolatar District are counting loses despite the resumption of fishing on Lake Kyoga.

In 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 government was lifted.

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 money.

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 revenue collection.

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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.

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