By Moses sentamu
The newly appointed fisheries protection unity commander Lt Col Dick kaija has revealed that the Fisheries Protection Unit of the UPDF has started appointing civilian leaders at different landing sites as one of the strategies of curbing illegal fishing. Over the weekend, the fisheries protection unit distributed 5 tonnes of impounded fish to different government institutions and individuals in Entebbe.
Given the volume of impounded fish, it was evident that illegal fishing practices are still widely used.
While engaging with fishermen, Kaija said arresting and imprisoning offenders will not be effective if the communities do not appreciate the need to embrace sustainable fishing practices.
Kaija, said the UPDF has arrested 54 people suspected of using illegal fishing methods that could have led to the deaths of Tilapia in some areas.
kaija said the change in the approach to curbing cases of illegal fishing stems from complaints from different fishing communities of the high-handed and brutal methods of the soldiers who have been tasked with the exercise. More community input and oversight is seen as a way of allowing the affected communities buy into the efforts to curb bad fishing practices
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