The impounded fishing gear includes 15 boats and over 200 undersized fishing nets. They were impounded in the three days operation that started last Friday in different landing sites of Singila, Kandege, Maninga, Gorofa and Yebe, all in Namayingo district.
The Uganda people’s defense
forces -UPDF marine has impounded several illegal fishing gear and arrested at
least 26 fishermen in Namayingo district.
The impounded fishing gear includes 15
boats and over 200 undersized fishing nets. They were impounded in the three
days operation that started last Friday in different landing sites of
Singila, Kandege, Maninga, Gorofa and Yebe, all in Namayingo
Capt. Jacob Obbo, the UPDF marine
commander in-charge Eastern region port Victoria says that they have embarked on the crackdown against
illegal fishing practices in the water bodies to stop errant fishermen who have
failed to abide by the government policies.
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Jonah Godfrey Mbigititi, the
Namayingo deputy resident district commissioner says that they have a challenge
that some illegal fishermen go into hiding in the Kenyan side.
Fahad Muluga and Maurice Wandera,
among other suspects who were arrested for illegal fishing at Kandege landing
site says that they had gone in the lake to get some fish to feed their
families and get money to enable them get home based necessities.
Ronald Sanya, the L.C.5 chairman
Namayingo district says that the illegal fishing practice has reduced on the local government revenue collection.According to Sanya, most parts of
Namayingo is covered by Lake Victoria waters and it’s the main source of revenue
by taxing traders who do fishing activities.
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Peter Okeyo Babu, the Bukholi Island
Member of Parliament says that they want government to empower residents in the
area with fish farming methods by use of ponds and cage fish farming as the
best alternative to reduce illegal fish practices in the water bodies. He also appealed
to fishermen to use recommended fishing gear.
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The impounded illegal fishing gear impounded have been kept in the Police store and the 26 suspects arrested are still in custody
at the Namayingo central police station waiting to appear in court.