Monday, 29 September 2014

6-month fishing bans plan to save Nile perch

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Lucas Liganga

Mwanza. After years of foot dragging, the three countries sharing Lake Victoria are all set to impose six-month annual fishing shut-downs in a bid to save the dwindling Nile perch and other fish species effective next month, The Citizen can reveal today.

However, it isn’t clear whether the long overdue suspensions would be fully observed by fishermen and fish processors in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Lake Victoria is shared between Tanzania (51 per cent), Uganda (43 per cent) and Kenya (6 per cent).

The planned six-month annual fishing bans would be implemented over a period of five consecutive years, from 2014 to 2018, according authoritative details gathered by The Citizen.

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