Inter-Districts Forum Halts Fishing on Lake Kyoga

This is the first time the district authorities of areas surrounding Lake Kyoga are suspending ultimate use of the water body.
Some parked small boats at Namasale landing site in Amolatar

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Lake Kyoga Integrated Management Organization-LAKIMO, has halted fishing on the lake for two months.

The ban prohibits fishing and any other related use of lake by the residents and takes effective next week.

This is the first time the district authorities of areas surrounding Lake Kyoga are suspending use of the water body. LAKIMO draws together districts from Amolatar, Apac, Kwania, Kaberamaido, Nakasongola, Serere, Ngora and Katakwi among others.

The organisation plans and advocates for good working conditions of fishermen, harmonize district relations, fight illegal fishing practices, Water hyacinth and improve fish production among others.

Samuel Kigula, the Nakasongola LC5 Chairperson, who is also the LAKIMO Chairperson, says that the suspension is to allow immature fish to grow and also eliminate use of illegal fishing nets.

Kigula says the ban shall be directly implemented by the UPDF Marine Unit and authorities from the different districts. 

Lt. Col.James Nuwagaba, the Commander UPDF Marine Unit said within two months all boats, and fishermen operating on Lake Kyoga shall be registered and licensed. Nuwagaba says only registered boats and fishmongers shall be allowed to resume operation on Lake Kyoga.

According to Col. Nuwagaba, only 28 seater boats shall be registered and given number plates for operation.

Lillian Eyal, the Amolatar Resident District Commissioner says the ban will boost fishing sector.

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Albert Ejoku, Kaberamaido LC5 Chairperson described the ban as strategic in the restoration of the sector at a local level. Ejoku urged local residents to consider embarking on alternative source of fishing within the two months.

Simon Peter Ongom, the Amolatar LCV Chairperson says they are ready to provide full support to ensure the operation is successfully conducted. Ongom says they will soon embark on the sensitization of fishermen against the illegal fishing practices.

During the operation, all illegal landing sites in both Amolatar and Nakasongola will be closed.

Amolatar has a total of about 43 recognized landing sites with about ten illegal landing sites.    

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