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FPU Impounds Illegal Fishing Gear in Busoga

The dealers normally store the illegal fishing nets in their homes and sell them off to clients, most of whom in the end act as their agents within the remote landing sites across different lakes within the country.
Some of the illegal fishing gears being destroyed in Bwondha landing site.

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The Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU, on Friday, impounded 100 pieces of monofilament nets and 20 pieces of undersized gill nets, from the different shops and markets in Jinja City and Mayuge District respectively.    

The unit also impounded 50 boxes of undersized fishing hooks. It is alleged that the illegal fishing gear was smuggled into the country through porous border points in Busia and Lake Victoria.   

The dealers normally store the illegal fishing nets in their homes and sell them off to clients, most of whom in the end act as their agents within the remote landing sites across different lakes within the country.    

Since the illegal fishing nets are cheap, some dealers sell them alongside the acceptable fishing gear.    

Abdul Wako, the Spokesperson of fishers and lake users in Uganda-AFALU, says that dealers in illegal fishing gears have strong connections with powerful individuals in the country, which has frustrated efforts of creating sanity on the lakes.

“There are renowned under-size nets dealers whom we have revealed to the unit, but not much has been done to break this cartel, therefore, until FPU shifts its focus from the final consumers to the suppliers themselves, illegal fishing will continue to thrive across the lakes,” he says.    

Philemon Kudeera, a member of AFALU in Jinja City says that some dealers have resolved to locally make the illegal fishing nets within rural areas, as a means of escaping arrest.

“On noticing, the strictness at the different border points across Lake Victoria, most of these dealers import user materials like plastic threads, which aid them to knit the illegal fishing nets undetected,” he says.    

Eric Biryamuhangi, the FPU Commandant in Jinja City and Mayuge District says that the impounded items were valued at 110 million Shillings.    

Biryamuhangi notes that, prior to the operation, they arrested three illegal fishing nets dealers, who were early this year successfully prosecuted and detained at different government prison facilities across the Busoga sub-region. 

 

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