Lt. Reuben Ndifuna, the spokesperson for Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU says that they destroyed 52,575 pieces of monofilament nets, 8,457kg of immature fish, 35,442, 10,881 illegal boats, 1,463 solar batteries and 189,103 illegal hooks among others.
Some of the illegal fishing boats being burnt by FPU operatives at Runga landing site in Hoima district. Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
The Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU has impounded and destroyed more than 3,000 pieces of illegal fishing gear countrywide in September.
The destroyed fishing gear includes boats, monofilament nets, solar batteries, bulbs,
hooks, and immature fish among others. The 319,000 items were confiscated and destroyed
in Ntoroko, Butiaba, Namayingo, Kalangala, serere, Kasese, Jinja, Buvuma,
Rukungiri, Kwania, Buyende, Masaka, Kayunga, Mpigi, Buikwe, Apac and Mukono
Lt. Reuben Ndifuna, the spokesperson for Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU says
that they destroyed 52,575 pieces of monofilament nets, 8,457kg of immature
fish, 35,442, 10,881 illegal boats, 1,463 solar batteries and 189,103 illegal
hooks among others.
According to Lt. Ndifuna, only boats with an interior overall
length of 28 feet are recommended by the Fish Act but fishermen and their
leaders have since protested the guideline which they say does not apply to all
lakes due to the water levels and cost of acquisition.
In 2017, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed Uganda Peoples
Defense forces-UPDF soldiers to deploy on all the lakes in the country to
combat illegal fishing practices to protect the fish resources that were under
threat of depletion and dwindled fish stock in the country.
The operation comes at a time when Parliament is currently
scrutinizing the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill, 2021.
The Bill was recently tabled before Parliament and seeks to
consolidate and reform the law relating to the management of fisheries products
and aquaculture due to several challenges and emerging issues in the regulation
and management of the sector which are not addressed.
During the Law Revision of 2000, the Country's laws were
reorganized and the Fish and Crocodile Act became the Fish Act, which was
further amended in 2011 to provide for the establishment of the Fisheries Fund
and to permit the retention and use of fees received by the Chief Fisheries
Officer from the issuance of licenses, permits and other activities for
development and management of the sector.
the government says that these amendments were not comprehensive enough to
fully address all challenges facing the fisheries sector because they only
focused on licenses, the introduction of currency points and retention of
The new Bill is proposing the licensing and registration of fishing vessels and
fishers, control and regulation of all fisheries and aquaculture production
activities and practices, methods of fishing and fishing gear, establishment
and regulation of lake management organizations and gazetting of landing sites,
provide for fish breeding and regulation of fish feeds and others.
The government also proposes the establishment of a Fisheries and Aquaculture
Technical Committee which will ensure that fisheries resources are managed and
also advise the Minister on effective planning financing and coordination of
the sector. The Committee is proposed to serve under the Directorate of