Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina announced this yesterday when speaking with fishermen at the Dar es Salaam’s International Ferry Fish Market, who complained to him that they are being prohibited to fish due to lack of licences as well as the use of solar lights and generators.
The minister assured fishermen across the country that the 5th phase government is there to assist them to conduct their fishing activities freely.
“What you need is to ensure that you don’t engage in illegal fishing,” the minister told fishermen at the country’s busy fish market.
He further pointed out that the ongoing operation in the country is meant to address illegal fishing and nothing else, encouraging fishermen to team up in the operation for the current and future generations.
Mpina also urged fishermen to submit their complaints to regional security committees and the ministry for measures to be taken.
Permanent Secretary (Fisheries), Dr Rashid Tamatama said: “This is the fifth time for ministry’s official to visit the ferry market and listen to fishermen’s challenges and come up with solutions.”
Acting chairman of small-scale fishermen at the market, Feisal Mohamed Ally lauded the minister for working on their challenges.
In November last year, the government launched a new campaign to tackle illegal fishing in Lake Tanganyika.
Mpina said the new operation involves a number of players including local government authorities located on the lake shores.
"This operation will also involve seizures and destruction of illegal fishing gears,” Mpina said when speaking in western Tanzania's region of Kigoma soon after lunching the so-called 'endless" operation.
The minister said that the reason for coming up with the new operation, came after realising that there is massive destruction of fish breeding grounds due to illegal fishing in Lake Tanganyika, the water body, which is being shared by four countries—Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania, and Zambia.