Sunday, 8 February 2009

Authorities destroy illegal fishing gear

From IPPMedia, Dar es Salaam
By Edwin Agola in Mwanza

Marine and regular police this week impounded 45 beach seine nets and other illegal fishing gear on Bezi Island in Ilemela district, Mwanza Region in the ongoing Operation Safisha na Linda Ziwa Victoria.

Fishery officers and Beach Management Unit (BMUs) also took part in the operation, which aims to maintain zero tolerance to "all forms of illegalities in the fishing sector" according to Angelus Mahatane, officer-in-charge of monitoring, control and surveillance unit.

Bezi Island, situated about 25 nautical miles from Mwanza, is notorious for illegal fishing practices.

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