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Kisoro Authorities Ban Fishing Activities on Lakes Mutanda, Kayumbu :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kisoro Authorities Ban Fishing Activities on Lakes Mutanda, Kayumbu

Denis Birungi, the Kisoro District Fisheries Officer, says that the fresh ban was necessary due to the observation of poor fishing practices among the permitted fishermen.
Part of Lake Kayumbu in Kisoro district

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Kisoro district authorities have imposed a ban on fishing activities in Lake Mutanda and Lake Kayumbu until further notice. It comes after the resumption of fishing activities in February 2023 following a two-year ban. 

During the ban, over 10,000 Tilapia and cap fish species were introduced into the lakes as part of a conservation effort supported by the Integrated Community and Nutrition Project (ICAN). 

The goal was to enhance the fish population in the lakes and reduce the need to transport young species from Lake Victoria.

The authorities aimed to promote tourism by preserving fish species in the lakes. The initial efforts were successful, resulting in significant growth, with the fish population multiplying to 70,000 in Lake Kayumbu alone. 

Denis Birungi, the Kisoro District Fisheries Officer, says that the fresh ban was necessary due to the observation of poor fishing practices among the permitted fishermen.

He says that some fishermen were found using substandard fishing nets, while others resorted to traditional methods, compromising the sustainability of the fish population. 

Additionally, there were reports of illegal fishing activities by some locals, which further necessitated the ban.

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Hajji Shafiq Sekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, highlighted that the ban would provide an opportunity for fishermen to acquire standard fishing gear. 

He warned that anyone found conducting fishing activities during this period would face arrest and prosecution.

Abel Bizimana, Kisoro District LC5 Chairman, acknowledged the challenges faced by people in seeking survival through fishing due to poverty. 

However, he stressed the importance of combating illegal fishing and promoting responsible fishing methods to preserve the fish species for the future.

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The temporary ban aims to ensure sustainable fishing practices and safeguard the fish populations in the two lakes for the benefit of the local community and tourism sector.

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