Fisheries Officials want Free Gear for Fishermen

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Emmanuel Kalekezi, the Fisheries law enforcement coordinator for Hoima and Buliisa districts says availing these components will leave fishermen with no excuse for engaging in illegal practices.

Fisheries law enforcement officials on Lake Albert want government to provide the recommended fishing gear to fishermen as a way of persuading them to abandon indiscriminate fishing practices.

Emmanuel Kalekezi, the Fisheries law enforcement coordinator for Hoima and Buliisa districts says availing these components will leave fishermen with no excuse for engaging in illegal practoces.

Government has for the last two years deployed law enforcement officers on all Ugandan water bodies to fight the use of illegal fishing gear. This type of fishing is responsible for the near extinction of some fish species.

Kalekezi says every time the illegal gears are confiscated, the fishermen devise alternative means of replacing them. According to him many of them cannot afford the recommended four inch fishing nets.

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He was speaking to Uganda Radio Network shortly after burning illegal gear worth UGX 24 million. The gear confiscated from the landing sites of Kabolwa, Walukuba and Bugoigo in Buliisa, were burnt at Bugoigo landing site.

Kalekezi’s argument has backing from local leaders in Buliisa. Julius Kibaro, the Serule village chairman at Bugoigo landing site says fishermen have stuck to illegal gear because they cannot afford the recommended ones.

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