Business
Fishing boats to get number platesPublish Date: Feb 06, 2014
Fishing boats to get number plates
  • mail
  • img
Participants at the conference organised by the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) in Entebbe. PHOTO: Nicholas Kajoba
newvision

By Francis Kagolo

The Government has finally announced plans to implement the registration of boats and fishermen operating on Uganda’s lakes.


Jackson Wadanya, commissioner for fisheries in the ministry of agriculture, said 1250 boat registration number plates have been procured.

The programme will be launched Friday at Lambu landing site in Masaka district.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) in Entebbe, Wadanya said the move is intended to curb illegal fishing which has characterised especially Lake Victoria for several years.

The plan to register fishermen and boats was first mooted by former fisheries state minister for fisheries, Fred Mukisa, in 2009.

However, Wadanya said its implementation delayed because of inadequate funds.

He said the ministry also needed time to scrutinize various samples of plates which were provided by different local suppliers and pick the best number plates suitable for boats.

According to Wadanya, each fisherman has to part with sh10,000 for registration and be issued with permits, number plates and log books for their boats.

The workshop in Entebbe attracted over 100 participants from across east Africa. The delegates observed the urgency of widening LVFO’s mandate from being a tripartite organization of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to embrace all member states of the east African community.

They said the move will promote fish farming and uplift the fisheries sector in the region to greater levels.

Wadanya said overfishing and the use of illegal gear had depleted fish stocks.

Hotly scurrying behind coffee, fish had, over the years, emerged as Uganda's second major non-agricultural foreign exchange earner. Fish exports to premium international markets rose from $0.40m (about sh820m) in 1998 to over $145m (about sh297.3b) in the first quarter of 2008.

Over 80% of Uganda's fish for export comes from lakes Victoria, Kyoga, Albert and Edward, with the Nile Perch, Tilapia and mukene forming the mainstream of the industry.

The growth of the sub-sector, however, attracted colossal investments, with processing industries rising from two to 18 in the last 10 years. The industry supports the livelihood of nearly two million people in the country.

Currently there are over 200,000 fishermen in Uganda, many of whom are involved in illegal fishing using miniature nets.

Consequently, the country has started witnessing a fall in fish stocks, especially the most commercially viable Nile Perch.

Fish catches from Lake Kyoga alone dropped from over 150,000 tonnes in the 1980s to less than 40,000 tonnes in 2010.

Illicit fishing has dogged the fisheries sector in Uganda for so long, culminating in a whooping $60m (about sh120b) loss in returns in 2008, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The earlier proposal by former minister Mukisa was to introduce a method where selected fishermen would be allowed to fish at different times in a given part of the lake. Fishermen would be monitored using satellite devices.

Any licensed fisherman found with illegal gear would have his license cancelled and his boat and number plate confiscated.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Microsoft profit hurt by Nokia, but revenues jump
Microsoft has said its profits have taken a hit from its newly acquired Nokia phone division but that revenues have got a strong lift from cloud services....
UIA partners with UNRA to develop roads in industrial parks
SINCE opting for the private sector-led growth strategy to spearhead the attainment of Uganda’s growth and development aspirations, the government has, beyond its traditional policy and regulatory role...
Entrepreneurs’ bus comes to Uganda and East Africa
Entrepreneurs’ bus comes to Uganda and East Africa By Billy Rwothungeyo The AMPION Venture Bus this year makes its debut in Uganda and the other East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania....
Businesses cautioned on cyber- crime rise in Uganda
Three Police disciplinary units are in Rwenzori region in western Uganda to hear cases of security personnel accused of poor response to the July 5 attacks that claimed at least 92 lives in Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kasese districts....
Makerere University kitchen staff demand sh2.5b terminal benefits
Makerere University kitchen staff, recently redeployed to other departments by the administration, have petitioned court demanding sh2.5b terminal benefits....
Blacklisted contractor petitions court over PPDA suspension
A blacklisted contractor has petitioned court over a three-year suspension penalty by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA)....
With the recent increase of the HIV prevelance rate, Is Uganda losing the fight against the disease?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter