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Three Arrested For Illegal Fishing On Lake Kyoga :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Three Arrested For Illegal Fishing On Lake Kyoga

Three men are in police custody in Buyende district after being arrested for illegal fishing on Lake Kyoga.

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Three men are in police custody in Buyende district after being arrested for illegal fishing on Lake Kyoga.

 

The three identified as Ayub Ngobi, Tom Mande and Fred Basilibirwa, were arrested on Tuesday afternoon at Budipa landing site in Irundu village, Kagulu Sub County.

 

 According to police, the suspects were found in possession of immature fish and fishing gears that are not acceptable for use on the lake.

John Muwadi, the Buyende district fisheries officer says the operation to arrest the suspects was part of a routine monitoring to get rid of illegal fishing gears that are made by the fishermen every day.

Nine sub standard nets known locally as Kokota, three gill nets and 30 kilograms of immature fish have been recovered from the suspects and taken to police.

Muwadi says the fisheries departments in Uganda have come under criticism for not arresting people with illegal fishing gears.

Latif Mawerere, the officer in charge Irundu police station told Uganda Radio Network that the suspects’ file is being finalized for the three to be presented to court for prosecution.

According to fisheries minister Ruth Nankabirwa, Uganda loses close to 900 billion shillings annually as a result of bad fishing methods.

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