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Fish Firms Eye Bones, Skins

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th April 2003 03:00 AM

Days are numbered for those who peddle and enjoy fish bones and skins, as it emerged last weekthat more companies were vying to process the by- products.

Days are numbered for those who peddle and enjoy fish bones and skins, as it emerged last weekthat more companies were vying to process the by- products.

By Macrines Nyapendi
Days are numbered for those who peddle and enjoy fish bones and skins, as it emerged last weekthat more companies were vying to process the by- products.
The commissioner for fisheries, Dick Nyeko, warned that in a few months to come fish bones commonly referred to as ‘fille’ and skin would be scarce.
“Those who were dissatisfied with the availability of bones and skins are yet to cry foul. So far we have got two companies processing those by-products and so many are vying for the same,” he said.
“Fisheries laws are going to be implemented and lake monitoring will be stepped up to curb illegal fishing practices and smuggling”. Boats below 9 metres or 28 feet will be demolished and those found in possession of immature and illegal nets will have them destroyed and will be prosecuted,” he said. There has been a siginificant increment in fish exports and this is attributed to the implementation of fisheries laws and regular lake monitoring.
The value of exported fish products appreciated by 1.1% in February while the volume dropped by 0.9%.
Nyeko said the slump in tonnage indicates that Uganda is no longer dumping fish in European markets.
“The appreciation in value means that we are no longer dumping fish. Uganda presents the best lake products in Europe and Non European countries,” Nyeko said.
The sector realised $4.8m from 1323.00 tonnes exported to European markets while Non European markets fetched$2.7m from 653.21 tonnes. Ends

Fish Firms Eye Bones, Skins

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