Sunday, 27 March 2011

Bilal condemns illegal fishing

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Correspondent
Vice President Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal has condemned the use of monofilament and other illegal fishing gear, which are killing fish and destroying the environment in Lake Victoria.

“Lake Victoria is important for the economy of the people of Mwanza. Conserve the lake for the benefit of the future generations by using appropriate fishing gear,” he told a public rally in Sengerema during his tour of Mwanza Region to inspect development activities.

Sengerema district commissioner, Elinasi Pallangyo told the Vice President that 83 Beach Management Units (BMUs) were regularly patrolling the lake in 17 wards to curb the use of the illegal fishing gear, and that 72 such items had been impounded.

He said that despite the challenges, the government earned Sh12.2 million from fishing licence fees and Sh1.4 million worth of royalty between October and December last year.

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