279,900 illegal fishing gear destroyed by FPU in November & December 2021 countrywide

Posted: 2022-01-04T14:01:36Z
279,900 illegal fishing gear destroyed by FPU in November & December 2021 countrywide

279,900 pieces of illegal fishing gear was impounded and destroyed countrywide by the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU in the months of October and November 2021 respectively. 


The products include boats, monofilament nets, Kokota, solar batteries, bulbs, hooks, and immature fish among others which were confiscated and destroyed from the sectors Kikuube, Ntoroko, Butiaba, Hoima, serere, Namayingo, Mukono, Rukungiri, Buvuma, Mpigi, Kasese, Buyende, Nakasongola, Kwania, Apac, Kalangala, Jinja and Pakwach among other sectors where the FPU personnel operate.


According to Lieutenant Lauben Ndifula the spokesperson of the UPDF Marine Brigade, they confiscated and destroyed 154,595 pieces of monofilament nets,7,094 pieces of Kokota,4,660 illegal boats,12,072 pieces of illegal fishing nets and 12,719kgs of immature fish among others in the months of October and November last year,.


Ndifula adds that the operations against illegal fishing practices on all the water bodies in the country are ongoing until all the illegal practices are fully fought and eliminated to ensure sanity on the lakes.


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed Uganda Peoples Defense forces-UPDF soldiers In 2017, to deploy on all the lakes in the country to combat illegal fishing practices to protect the fish resources that were under threat of depletion.