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Underfunding frustrates BMUs

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd November 2010 03:00 AM

THE fisheries ministry should provide enough facilitation to the beach management units (BMUs) if they are to contain illegal fishing practices.

THE fisheries ministry should provide enough facilitation to the beach management units (BMUs) if they are to contain illegal fishing practices.

By Vision Reporter

THE fisheries ministry should provide enough facilitation to the beach management units (BMUs) if they are to contain illegal fishing practices.

Dirisa Walusimbi, the former Ggaba landing site BMU chairman, said BMUs lack the capacity to monitor the fishing grounds and fishermen, making the enforcement of laws difficult.

Illegal fishing practices like use of undersized fishing gears, catching of immature fish and poor handling practices are hard to control due to lack of active BMUs at some landing sites.

Christopher Kyeyune, the Makindye division fisheries officer, said efforts to sensitise the fishing communities on better fishing practices are at time frustrated by the conflict of interest among business community at landing sites.

“We registered almost all fishing boats and the fishermen to streamline the sector, but fishermen resistant. That is why they are still catching immature fish.” said Kyeyune.

He said the overwhelming demand for fish local and in foreign market, was one of the causes of the malpractices

Underfunding frustrates BMUs

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