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Rakai Launches Campaign For Sustainable Fishing On Lake Kacheera, Kijanebarola

Joseph Mugumya, the Fisheries Officer In-charge of Kooki County, says the campaign comes at the time the district is struggling to restock Lake Kijanebarola with different fish species mainly the Nile tilapia.
Joseph Mugumya, the Fisheries Officer In-charge of Kooki County, speaking to reporters about the campaign for susptainable fishing on the two lakes.Photo by Davis Buyondo

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In an effort to promote sustainable fishing in Rakai, the district fisheries authorities have started sensitizing the fishing communities around Lake Kacheera and Lake Kijjanebarola.    

The campaign comes amidst the increasing illegal fishing practices on the two lakes. 

The authorities are also giving new fishermen new instructions and guidelines as well as restricting fishing on several landing sites to improve fish production.

Joseph Mugumya, the Fisheries Officer In-charge of Kooki County, says the campaign comes at the time the district is struggling to restock Lake Kijanebarola with different fish species mainly the Nile tilapia. 

He says there is an ever-growing demand for fish in and outside of the district, adding that they are cooperating with the fishermen and residents in the fishing communities to improve their intelligence and curb illegal fishing practices.

 

//Cue in: “Kijanebarola ne Kacheera…………

 

Cue out:……………..ate era byetulwanyisa.”//

 

He says that they closed Kalunga landing site in Kyarulangira sub-county in an attempt to reduce the pressure on Lake Kijanebarora. 

Mumugya explains that they limited the number of fishermen by advising the majority to relocate to other landing sites around Lake Kachera.

 

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Cue out:………..business from.”//

 

According to Mugumya, the observance of COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) is in some way hindering their illegal fishing operations.

He says they cannot put several suspects in the truck or boat yet they have limited resources.

 

//Cue in: “Luli bwetwakwatanga…………

 

Cue out:……………….supporsed to go.”//

 

The fishermen want Lake Kijjanebarola to be restocked with the Nile tilapia and

other fish species to improve production. 

Wilber Kasiisi, the Nkundi L C1 chairperson, says that after the closure of the landing site they need special intervention by the district authorities for the survival of the landing site.

 

According to Francis Byabikyengire, the Kacheera sub-county Councilor, even with the

right fishing nets and gears, overfishing on Lake Kacheera may affect fish production. 

He adds that much as catching many tons of fish may be profitable to the fishermen, the practice may reduce the fish population in the lake over time.

 

Samuel Kaggwa Ssekamwa, the Rakai District LC 5 Chairman, told URN that they are aware

of the illegal practices on the two lakes. 

He adds that they are to collaborate with the police and fisheries authorities to sensitize the communities and arrest the fishermen who refuse to comply with the guidelines.