Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Government proposes suspension of fishing permits in Lake Victoria

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Bigambo Jeje, PST, Bukoba

The government has proposed immediate suspension of fishing permits for the East African member states following reports of rapid depletion of fish in Lake Victoria.

The Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa made the appeal in Kagera over the weekend during celebrations to mark the International Day for Fishermen marked at regional level in Kagera. All five EA member states were represented.

In a speech read on his behalf by the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, the prime minister said statistics from fisheries department indicated that fish in Lake Victoria, especially the Nile perch type, has dropped significantly in number.

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