Thursday, 18 December 2008

Anglers hand in illegal gear

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira in Mwanza

Over 2,500 pieces of fishing tools have been surrendered to authorities in Mwanza Region ahead of a crackdown on illegal fishing operators and anglers on Lake Victoria.

The crackdown which comes into effect next month, will be concurrently implemented in Kenya and Uganda. Regional fisheries adviser Angelius Mahatane told The Citizen that 226 of the surrendered fishing tools were beach seines popularly known as 'makokoro'.

Other surrendered items were 1,991 undersize gillnets and 334 monofilaments also known as 'timba', all blamed for destruction of fish resources in the lake.

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