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Fishing Suspended in Mayuge

The state minister for fisheries, Ruth Nankabirwa has suspended fishing activities on five landing sites in Mayuge district following attacks on law enforcement officers.

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The state minister for fisheries, Ruth Nankabirwa has suspended fishing activities on five landing sites in Mayuge district following attacks on law enforcement officers.

 

Nankabirwa, in a statement dated February 2 addressed to all security personnel in Mayuge district, said several incidents of criminality had been reported at Serinyabi, Kaza, Malindi, Ggoli, and Nakilmila landing sites during the past five months.

 

Nankabirwa said several fishermen believed to be involved in the habit of illegal fishing had gone ahead to assault and injure law enforcement personnel involved in the fight against the practice.

 

She said a team of authorized officers had been dispatched to the district carry out an operation establish who is responsible for these crimes.

 

Six law enforcement personnel involved in the fight against illegal fishing along the shores of Lake Victoria were recently injured when they were attacked by fishermen during an operation along the landing sites.

 

Nankabirwa said, however, operations to impound illegal fishing gear are to continue in the district.

 

Nankabirwa when contacted said the suspension will only be lifted when the culprits involved in the criminality and conducting illegal fishing gear along the landing sites are pin-pointed and prosecuted.  She urged the district security committee and residents to help point out the culprits.

 

The eastern region fish law enforcement officer, Yunus Nkuttu said operations to impound illegal fishing gear along the shores of Lake Victoria are to continue until the vice is wiped completely out.

 

However some fishermen have expressed concern over the suspension of fishing activities on the landing sites.

 

Over 2000 fishermen rely on fishing along the five landing sites to earn a living.

 

They requested government to help them lift the suspension.

 

Joseph Omollo, a fisherman, said he entirely relies on fishing in order to earn a living there fore has no alternative source of living. He wondered how the government expects them to survive during the suspension from their source of income. 

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