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Ugandan fishermen demand common fishing standards across East Africa October 15,2020   |  Source: The Independent

Ugandan fishermen are mooting for standard practices across the East African Community region as a way of eliminating illegal fishing. They argue that although Uganda put in place a Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU to mount operations against illegal fishing practices, the plan remains self-defeating in the absence of standard guidelines among EAC member states.

Daudi Mugerwa, the chairperson of Fish Traders Association at Ddimo Landing Site in Masaka district says that while Uganda deployed soldiers to enforce standards, their efforts are being frustrated by the counterparts from Kenya and Tanzania who are still carrying out indiscriminative fishing with no restraints from their governments.

Mugerwa says that the lake will continue being depleted of fish stocks if the countries fail to work out a protocol to put in place common practices. Mugerwa has challenged the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to champion the crusade if they intend to decisively address illegal fishing.

Moses Kimbugwe, the Chairperson of Muwololo Village located at Kalokoso, one of the landing sites that were closed in Masaka district also indicates that because there is no clear feature between the countries sharing Lake Victoria, their counterparts in the neighbouring

 

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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