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Gov't Asked to Pass Marine Policy

Gertrude Abalo says that government needs to urgently enact a marine policy that would guide all marine operators in Uganda including the small canoe and cargo wooden boat owners.
Students of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Training Institute marching in Entebbe town

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The Principal of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Training Institute Gertrude Abalo wants the government to come up with a marine policy.

Well as government has had a marine institution, there hasn't been a policy that regulates all categories of marine transport which includes canoe, fishing and cargo boats.

This leaves the vast majority of maritime industry and fishermen operating boats that aren't regulated. According to the new guidelines by the Fisheries task force, a smallest boat to operate on a water body should be 27 feet long and three feet wide.

Abalo now says that government needs to urgently enact a marine policy that would guide all marine operators in Uganda including the small canoe and cargo wooden boat owners.

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Abalo also decried poor funding of the fisheries institute which affects its operations.

She, however, declined to indicate how much the facility receives from the central government and how much is required to run the facility.  

Laban Sekitoleko, the Director of Studies, says that the institute still faces challenges in infrastructure.

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Uganda has had the fisheries training institute since 1968. The institute teaches several government and local communities in fisheries management, technologies, boat building and marine technology. It also offers extension Diplomas in Fisheries and Boat Building. 

The institute also trains beach boat builders and has constructed boats for all lake users in Uganda. The institute has also supplied boats for the East African countries and ambulances for the island districts.

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