The immature fish was impounded from various landing sites on Lake Albert in the Bunyoro sub-region, where the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU has been conducting operations against illegal fishing gear since August.
Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU has distributed
1000 kilograms of impounded immature fish to Uganda Prisons Services, police
and the Army in Hoima.
immature fish was impounded from various
landing sites on Lake Albert in the Bunyoro sub-region, where the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU has been conducting operations against illegal fishing gear since August.
operation is targeting those with undersized boats, fishing nets, hooks and
monofilament nets among others from the landing sites of Butiaba, Wanseko,
Bugoigo and Kabolwa in Buliisa, Kijangi, Kaiso, Rwentale, Runga and Mbegu in
Hoima, Nkondo, Sebigoro, Kyehoro, Bugoma and Kyekapere in Kikuube, Ndaiga and
Kitebere in Kagadi.
The gear that does not meet specifications has been confiscated
and burnt, while the fish is what has been distributed to the men in uniform. Hoima Government Prison was given 700 Kilograms of Fish, the army got 200 kilograms while the police force was given 100 kilograms
of the impounded immature fish.
Richard Mafabi, the sector commander who is overseeing the FPU operations on Lake Albert says the decision followed a court order allowing them to dispose of the impounded fish. He adds that more of the fish will be distributed
to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, orphans and widows through Uganda
Police Force and Uganda Red Cross Society.
in; ”Actually when time…
out… in Hoima respectively.”//
Tumwebaze, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC says the distribution of
the impounded immature fish is in line with government policy.
in; "Well after getting…
out…disposed of not selling.”//
to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, illegal fishing
involves using less than five-inch fishing nets for Tilapia and less than
seven-inch fishing nets for Nile Perch. It also entails using fishing boats
that are less than 20 feet in length.
is estimated that Uganda loses USD 430 million from unregulated fishing
every year. To improve regulation and restock the lakes, President Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni ordered the deployment of FPU personnel on the lakes since
November this year, the fishermen asked the army leadership to investigate the
Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU for allegedly selling impounded immature fish in
the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. According
to the aggrieved fishermen, FPU personnel are conniving with boat transporters
both in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to quietly sneak their
impounded immature fish to DRC through Lake Albert.
There are more than 50,000
fishermen on Lake Albert who harvest more than 100,000 tons of fish per year. Overall,
fishing supports the livelihood of more than 1.6 million people in Uganda.