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FPU destroys immature fish, illegal gears in Entebbe

Illegal fishing gears burnt to ashes.

Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda People’s Defence Forces Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU on Thursday burnt over 600 kilograms of immature Nile Perch at Bugonga landing site, Entebbe municipality.

The immature fish valued at 7 Million Shillings was impounded on Saturday in Masaka.

Warrant Officer 1 Deogratius Sentiba, the Spokesperson of FPU on Thursday said the immature fish was intercepted in trucks heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sentiba says that the driver of the vehicle registration UBA 314S is currently detained at Entebbe police station.

Innocent Mugabi, a Fisheries Inspector at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, said that they noted that majority of the fish was undersized.

Mugabi says the army’s presence on the lakes and on border points has resulted in a reduction in illegal fishing activities.

In Buvuma district, the unit burnt fishing gears and boats impounded from fishermen on Lake Victoria.

The unit in Buvuma headed by Capt. Jacob Obbo destroyed over 200 cast nets, 27 boats, and plastic trap monofilaments.

The destroyed gears were impounded on different days and gathered at FPU barracks located at Lukoma in Busamuzi sub-county. Capt. Obbo adds that during Wednesday’s operation, three people were arrested with illegal fishing gear and are yet to be arraigned before courts of law.

The Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Patrick Mubiru says it is not acceptable to use illegal gear but also appeals to residents to report corrupt officers to their office for investigations.

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