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Government Urged on Profiling of Actors in Fishing Sector

Fredrick Ggesa, the Masaka District Fisheries Officer, who also coordinates officers in the Central region districts, suggests that the government should undertake a nationwide profiling of key players in the sector.
Some of the Offenders whose motor vehicles were impounded during UPDF Operations against Illegal Fishing Operations. They turned up to pick their vehicles

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The government has received a request to establish a framework for the continuous registration of all key stakeholders in the fisheries sub-sector as a viable alternative to combat illegal fishing practices. Fredrick Ggesa, the Masaka District Fisheries Officer, who also coordinates officers in the Central region districts, suggests that the government should undertake a nationwide profiling of key players in the sector.

This would encompass categorizing fishermen, boat owners, boat makers, fish traders, and occupational transporters. Such an initiative, he believes, would significantly streamline the fishing sector in the country. 

Speaking at an event where the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF Fisheries Unit at Kasijjagirwa Barracks in Masaka returned motor vehicles and fishing equipment that were confiscated during operations against illegal fishing practices, Ggesa highlighted the challenges arising from the lack of proper records of key stakeholders.

He explained that this dearth of information complicates the monitoring of fishermen and the enforcement of regulations. Ggesa further elaborated that maintaining accurate records of all key players in the fisheries sub-sector would enable law enforcement teams to more effectively identify wrongdoers.

This approach, he emphasized, would be far more efficient and less risky than relying on roadblocks and pursuits on water bodies, which can be both perilous and costly. Additionally, Ggesa called upon the government to consider substantial investments in fish farming. 

This, he believes, would attract a significant number of individuals currently engaged in illegal fishing practices, thereby reducing the pressure on natural fishing grounds.

//Cue in: “This registration….    

Cue out:…..register again.”//    

(luganda Audio)   

//Cue in: “obuvubi bwayononese….  

 

Cue out; ……yabajja ppara.”//      

He also cautioned security forces against the practice of burning impounded immature fish, as it results in unnecessary wastage of protein-rich food. He highlighted that the country's per capita fish consumption index remains low, making efficient utilization of available resources critical.

/Cue in: “Fish farming….    

Cue out:…..take you to court.”//  

 

(Luganda Audio)    

//Cue in: “okyokya eby’enyanja….    

Cue out:….very good.”//    

Brigadier General Deus Sande, the Commandant of the UPDF Armoured Brigade, encouraged the Fisheries Officer to present his suggestions to the relevant authorities. He assured that the army stands ready to provide necessary support once the proposals are considered. Additionally, he emphasized the army's willingness to engage in sensitization activities with fishing communities and other stakeholders, as their primary interest is protecting the nation's natural resources, rather than simply arresting culprits.

//Cue in: “Naye engeri…. 

Cue out: ….mu mbeera ey’obuntu.”//    

Lieutenant Deogratius Kato, the UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit Commandant in Masaka, noted that they have been directed to release all 76 motorcycles and 73 bicycles, along with boats and engines that were confiscated during their operations in different parts of Lake Victoria. 

However, he clarified that, while they have temporarily suspended penalties for offenders, their operations will continue, and they are now considering enforcing the new Fisheries and Aquaculture Act of 2023, which imposes stringent penalties on violators.

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