Fisheries Protection Unity, a military unit under the Marine Forces of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces has today resumed operations. The first operation held in Kasenyi and Bugonga landing sites have left soldiers impounding illegal fishing nets, immature fish and boats.
The operation led by Maj. Yero Muhoozi the Political Commissar in the Marine Forces will see the recently resumed illegal fishing cubed from Lake Victoria.
President Yoweri Museveni, through the Chief of Staff of the Land forces Maj. Gen Leopold Kyanda suspended the then commander of the FPU Lt Col James Nuwagaba pending investigations into criminality by the soldiers who engaged in illicit activities against fishermen.
Currently, the commander of the Fisheries Protection Unit Lt Col Dick Kirya Kaija is on a tour of the lake shore districts of Greater Masaka region sensitizing fishermen on how to end illegal fishing
Yero Muhoozi, the Director Civil Military Cooperation in the Marine Forces says the soldiers will be working with fishermen at the different landing sites to ensure that they reduce illegal acts.
Some of the illegal acts in illegal fishing include the use of mono filaments, under sized fishing nets, unregulated hooks and the use of poison. It is not clear if the ban on fish smoking will be lifted by the new administration of the Fisheries Protection Unit.