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UPDF Marines Mantain Ban on Fish Smoking

The commandant of the UPDF Marines Brig Michael Nyarwa says the armed forces need to see zero tolerance to illegal fishing before sanctioning fish smoking activities. He says that the UPDF marines will now assess the situation at various landing sites and guarantee illegal activities have been wiped out.
Fishermen and fishing boats at one of the landing sites in Kalangala

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The UPDF Marines have maintained a ban on fish smoking. They say that the practice will only be allowed with an assurance that illegal fishing has been eliminated from all landing sites on Lake Victoria.  

The ban was announced two years ago by the commander of the Fisheries Protection Unit James Nuwagaba on account that most of the smoked fish was immature. 

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries issued guidelines requiring fishmongers to have a certificate of acceptance from the Ministry of Agriculture, Undergo Inspection by a commissioned fisheries officer, and pay fees in order to engage in fish smoking.  However, Nuwagaba dismissed the guidelines which he said were inconsistent and not needed when the Marine forces are still fighting illegal fishing.  

The commandant of the UPDF Marines Brig Michael Nyarwa says the armed forces need to see zero tolerance to illegal fishing before sanctioning fish smoking activities. He says that the UPDF marines will now assess the situation at various landing sites and guarantee illegal activities have been wiped out. 

He was speaking during an interview with Uganda Radio Network at the Marine base in Entebbe today. 

//Cue in; “On smoked fish…  

Cue out… We agreed upon.”//  

Earlier, several fishermen, led by Elly Wasajja from Misonzi Landing site expressed fear that the UPDF marines are threatening the livelihoods of fishermen, through extortion and sometimes shooting to kill. 

//Cue in; “Amagye, amateeka…  

Cue out… mulimu gwa kutaasa.”//

Kyamuswa County Member of Parliament Carol Nanyondo asked the UPDF marines to work with different fisheries officers in the district to ensure that all activities on the lake are legal.  

//Cue in; “Owa fisheries alina… 

Cue out: … more than ready.”//    

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