Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Abdallah Ulega said that the new strategy is aimed at intensifying illegal fishing war in the country’s deep sea.
“We have now turned to the use of special aircraft, to complement the ongoing anti-illegal fishing war; whereby the aircraft will be carrying out patrols in the deep sea.
“This is the first time for Tanzania to venture into the use of aircraft in illegal fishing war,” the deputy minister said.
Ulega said Tanzania came up with that decision following the increasing number of illegal fishing incidents in the country’s deep sea.
He said: “The fifth-phase government is determined to protect country’s natural resources at any cost and what we are doing now is to fulfil that dream of ensuring that Tanzanians benefit from the resources.”
He said that apart from launching the aircraft, the government is to have ultra-modern ship that will be used in the fight against the vice.
“We want to ensure that our deep sea is free from illegal fishing so that the country benefit out of the deep sea fishing sector; that’s why we want to use air and water to protect the resources,” the Tanzanian official said.
He cited illegal fishing as a serious challenge as there are fishermen who use dynamites which in turn destroy coral reefs, the important fish breeding sites.
“It takes more than 100 years for the destroyed coral reef to rejuvenate and a fisherman destroys it within a second,” said Ulega.The minister said the impact doesn’t end there as it affects fishermen’s income as it forces them to travel long distances into deep sea, where it is very difficult to reach because of their poor fishing vessels.