Minister: Plans in the offing to  ensure  sustainable fishing  

21Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Minister: Plans in the offing to  ensure  sustainable fishing  

MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries Development Luhaga Mpina said efforts were underway to educate fishermen across the country on sustainable fishing and the need to adhere to country regulations.

He said on Tuesday when he held talks with fishers operating along the Indian Ocean coast to discuss  challenges facing them. The meeting was held in Tanga Region.

“We want the new national fishing regulations to be effective from July 1st 2019 aimed at solving the many challenges facing fishermen in the country”, said Mpina adding the government is striving to fight illegal fishing activities to boost fish stocks at its rivers and the ocean.

He noted that increased fish stocks will save 56bn/- which is being spent annually to import fishes from abroad.

The minister also witnessed  the destruction of some 773 illegal fishing gear  which were seized at various places within Tanga Region. He said the use of illegal fishing gear  resulted  into harvesting of pre-mature fishes.

Tanga city director, Daudi Mayeji supported the minister remarks urging   fishermen to ensure sustainable fishing activities by avoiding the use of prohibited fishing gear .

On Monday, when speaking with stakeholders of the fishing industry, Mpina disclosed that the government collected 1.7trn/- in terms of revenues  from the fishing industry in the 2017/18 financial year, out of which 1.1trn/- was from the Lake Victoria.