Currently, there has been a rapid increase in marine degradation caused by illegal fishing.
This was stated yesterday by Tanga regional senior conservation officer, Humprey Mahudi, as he opened a one-day workshop to provide feedback on a research project on fish tadpoles production in Indian Ocean grasses.
Mahudi, said the use of sustainable fishing gear will go a long way in preserving the marine environment for the benefit of marine ecosystems.
"My call to the people as well as the users of the resources, that we can take care of the seagrasses and coral reefs that are the main producers of these fish, these days there has been a waste of these resources by illegal fishermen," he said.
Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences from the University of Dar es Salaam, Dr. Margereth Kyewalyanga said that prior to the study the situation was dire as fishermen and sea users were unknowingly destroying the grass environment.
"Initially before conducting this study there was a lot of damage being done by sea users, the situation was bad but the users were doing environmental damage without them knowing if they were destroying it because they were seeing it as a normal use," said Dr. Kyewalyanga
For her part, Fadhili Malesa, Assistant Lecturer at the School of Fisheries Science and Technology, said the study identified areas that had been damaged by civilians while explaining ways to prevent such damage.
Workshop participants expressed the realities of the environment they are experiencing in their fishing activities while asking the government to assist them in conserving the marine environment.
The study of the production of fish tadpoles in seagrass and its distribution along the East African coast of Tanzania has been conducted in the sea in the area of Mwarongo and Kigombe in Tanga region.