Monday, 19 April 2010

Let’s all do more on poison fishing

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Reporter

Reports that fishermen in some parts of regions bordering Lake Victoria are using poison to catch fish are cause for grave concern.

An ecological expert recently highlighted the depth of the problem when she told a media workshop in Mwanza that the consumption of fish caught through the use of chemicals was a major cause of cancer and reproductive complications.

It was a sobering reminder of a problem that has existed for years, but which has yet to be accorded the urgency it deserves by the relevant agencies.

It is common knowledge that unscrupulous fishermen around Lake Victoria and even along the coast use pesticides and other harmful chemicals to catch fish, which is sold to unsuspecting consumers.

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