‘Illegal fishing under control by 100 per cent in deep sea’

18Nov 2020
Correspondent
Handeni
The Guardian
‘Illegal fishing under control by 100 per cent in deep sea’

​​​​​​​ILLEGAL fishing by explosives is controlled by 100 per cent in deep sea, a senior official has said.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Rashid Tamatamah.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Rashid Tamatamah made the remarks here yesterday when inspecting construction of offices for Beach Management Unit (BMU) at Kipumbwi ward in the district. The project is being implemented by the ministry with the financial support from World Bank through South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth Program (SWIOFish).

Dr Tamatamah said that illegal fishing had declined in the Indian Ocean, while in lakes, it had been controlled by 80 per cent.

He said the decline of illegal fishing incidents had lead to the increase of fish as the result of undisturbed fish breeding sites.

 “This is a result of education to fishermen and regular operations carried by different security organs along the Indian Ocean,” he said.

In 2018 the ministry announced the launch of two major operations dubbed; ‘Sangawe and Tuna’ which was aimed at cracking down illegal fishermen, who destroy  fish breeding sites in ponds, lakes, rivers and the Indian Ocean.

He said that between 2016 and 2018, fishing sector was in bad state due to illegal fishing, lauding the government’s initiatives to put in place stringent measures to arrest the situation. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com