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Dead fish scares Kasese fishermen

By Wilson Asiimwe

Added 19th September 2016 02:44 PM

He said the most affected fish are the tilapia which are dying at a very high rate including the young ones.

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He said the most affected fish are the tilapia which are dying at a very high rate including the young ones.

Fishermen and locals on Lake Edward in Kasese district were left puzzled after discovering several dead fish floating on the waters.

“We woke up and found dead fish floating and up to now fish is still dying and we don’t know the cause, but we have been warned to stay away from such fish by some of the experts who have visited this landing site,” said Baluku Seleh one of the fishermen.

He said the most affected fish are the tilapia which are dying at a very high rate including the young ones.

“It is unusual to find fish dying at such a very high rate. We don’t know the cause even the birds are not eating them,” added Baluku.

He said that they have reported the matter to the management unit at the landing site and the fisheries office in Katwe Kabatoro Town Council.

John Kateeba, another fisherman said that they are in fear that if the fish continues to die at such a high rate the lake might run out of fish.

“I have been at this landing site for the last 27 years but I have never seen this happening. We are all shocked but experts have been here to assess the situation. let us wait for the outcome of the report,” said Kateeba.

On August,1, 2016, a team of researchers was dispatched from National fisheries and Research Institute (NaFiRI) led by Dr. Mujibu Nkambo to assess the situation and find out the possible cause of the death.

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