Maj. Joseph Ssebukera, the Commandant of the UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit on Eastern Lake Victoria, says the impounded nets carry electric current, which peels off fish skin causing it to die and float on the lake.
The commandant of the UPDF fisheries protection unit in Eastern Lake Victoria, Maj. Joseph Ssebukera displays one of the castnets. Castnets indiscriminatively collects all fish spicies irrespective of size.
The Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Fisheries Protection
Unit has destroyed 1500 illegal fishing nets that were impounded from different
wholesale shops in Jinja district.
The nets were confiscated between September 2019 and January
2020. They comprised of both monofilaments and cast nets and were valued at 30
Maj. Joseph Ssebukera, the Commandant of the UPDF Fisheries
Protection Unit on Eastern Lake Victoria, says the impounded nets carry
electric current, which peels off fish skin causing it to die and float on the
explained that such nets cause to government as
immature fish meant to earn bigger revenue is left to rot on water surfaces.
Ssebukera also explained that the nets are proposed from plastic
material, saying that when they sink they affect the multiplication of all
aquatic organisms including fish.
says their operation followed leads from
fishermen arrested for illegal fishing on different land sites.
“We managed to
truck these illegal net dealers through some of the suspects arrested during
operations. 25 suspects have so far been arrested and prosecuted, whereas five
others closed shop, signed an ordinance promising never to engage in illegal
fishnets again and were pardoned by the authorities,” he said.
Ssebukera however, stressed the challenge of
uncontrolled black market where fishermen freely trade in these fishnets, which
he claimed frustrates their efforts to stamp out illegal fishing practices.
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Majid Magumba, the Chairperson of The Association of Fishers
and Lake Users of Uganda-AFALU in Jinja district, says it is hard to deter
fishermen from using illegal nets as they are cheap and trap more fish compared
to the legal nets.
Magumba says the only solution to illegal fishing is
tightening security checks at the boarder points to stop the entry of illegal