‘Farm fish to increase stock’
Publish Date: Mar 07, 2010
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By Esther Mukyala

PEOPLE living around Lake Victoria should practice fish farming to increase fish stocks, Diodorus Kamala, the Tanzanian minister for East African Community (EAC) affairs, has said.

“Fish farming can be one of the interventions to ensure sustainable fishing on Lake Victoria. Having alternatives will reduce the pressure of over-fishing on the lake,” Kamala said.

Over the years, fish stocks have increasingly dwindled in Lake Victoria as a result of over-fishing and the use of illegal fishing gear.

The minister said interventions should be put in place to address the decline and to increase fish exports in order to benefit from the open European market.
He urged the EAC partner states to fund Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO) for sustainable fishing.

Kamala made the appeal while visiting the LVFO secretariat in Jinja last week. He was received by the executive secretary, Dick Nyeko.

Nyeko explained that about 40% of the fishermen use wrong fishing gear which has caused the drastic decline in fish stocks.

He told the minister that each of the EAC partner states was required to contribute $130,000 (about sh247m) every financial year towards a joint operation code-named ‘Save Nile perch’.

However, none of them had honoured it.
Kamala promised to remind the states of this obligation at the EAC Heads of State Conference which will be held in Arusha on March 26.

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