Uganda fish stock risks dying out, says official

Mbarara.

Uganda is likely to run out of fish stocks for both domestic and international markets if the tendency of harvesting immature fish species does not stop.

The head of regional fisheries enforcement officers, Mr Amulani Tumusiime, warned that the fish are increasingly getting netted before they are mature.

“We have a very big problem on the lakes where fishermen are using unrecommended fishing nets such as seine, which combs everything in the water, including immature fish species.

The country is likely to run short of fish in future. That is why we need to fight so hard to ensure this vice stops,” Mr Tumusiime said.

He was addressing journalists on Monday following the seizure of a Fuso Lorry carrying four tonnes of immature Nile Perch and tilapia fish in Isingiro District.

The immature fish was being transported to Bunagana Market on the Uganda DR Congo border on Sunday. According to Mr Tumusiime, Uganda loses close to Shs300 billion every year in illegal fishing activities on Lake Victoria. He also noted that immature Nile Perch costs Shs8,000, compared to a mature one which costs Shs100, 000.

The numbers
8,000
The cost (in Shillings) of immature Nile Perch.

100,000
The cost (in Shillings) of mature Nile Perch.

300b
Revenue Uganda loses to illegal fishing annually.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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