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Two tons of illegal nets go up in flames
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Two Tons of Illegal Nets Go Up in Flames

New Vision (Kampala)

October 30, 2002

Posted to the web October 30, 2002

Nicholas Kajoba


Mulambi said poor fishing might cost Uganda her export market

OVER two tons of illegal fishnets worth sh20m confiscated from fishermen were burnt at Buvuma landing site, Mukono on Saturday.

The district officials and fisheries department carried out the operation in order to stamp out illegal fishing methods in the area.

The impounded nets were mainly found in Mubenja, Sagazi, and Wabifu landing sites. Other areas are Najja and Busamizi sub-counties.

Most of the fishermen looked hostile as district officials poured fuel on the nets and set them ablaze. Five fishermen who were arrested with the illegal nets were taken to police and later charged in court.

Mukono district fisheries officer, Romulus Mulambi said that most of the illegal nets are used deep in the lake where the fisheries officer find it hard at times to reach.

He said that the district is working with the fisheries department to eliminate the illegal methods of fishing in the area.

"We are working together with the ministry to see that we decrease the illegal methods of fishing in the area. We are collaborating with neighbouring districts to curb these practices," he said.

Mulambi said that bad fishing might cause the export market to dwindle because Uganda's fish may lose value. He explained that most fishermen initially failed to appreciate the value of good fishing methods but now they have appreciate it.

Fishermen on the landing sites have formed groups to fight illegal fishing methods in the district. They have now learnt the essence of good fishing methods following intensified sensitisation and impounding of immature fish and illegal nets in the district.

The commissioner for fisheries, Mr Nyeko said last year his ministry would work with all the stakeholders in the fishing industry to stamp out the illegal activities from the landing site.

The assistant fisheries officer in charge of Najja sub-county, Ahabu Natsebu said that fishermen have been sensitised on proper hygiene and preventing fish from going bad.

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