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FISHERIES MINISTER OKAYS USE OF 3 INCH GILL NETS IN CATCHING PEBBLY, MULLET SPECIES

By Pascal Onega

BULIISA: The state minister for fisheries Hellen Adoa has allowed the fishermen to use the 3 inch gill nets is catching Mullet and pebbly fish species. She has also directed the registration of 400 fishers on Lake Albert who catch the species to pilot the initiative.

This follows the request by the Ngacia and Angara fishing association to the government to lower the gill net inches from four to two and a half.

The delegation that comprised of more than 80 fishermen and women from the districts of Buliisa, Hoima, Kikuube and Pakwach among other district, met the minister this week at Kajjansi Aquaculture research and development center in Kajjansi, Kampala.

The fishermen also requested for funds to enable them buy the recommended fishing nets on top of lowering the gill net size.

Responding to the fishermen’s request, minister Adoa revealed they have allowed the fishermen to use 3 inch gill nets to catch   the Ngacia and Angara as a trial after consultations from fisheries researchers.

She however said that the trial is subject to withdrawal if it is found to have a negative impact.

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She commended the fishermen for being organized saying this will enable them to benefit from government support.

Norah Bigirwa Nyedwoha, the Buliisa District woman Member of Parliament applauded the government for the support to the fishing community saying it will help improve their livelihoods.

She however challenged the fishermen to be disciplined by using the recommended fishing gears.

Allan Atugonza, the Member of Parliament for Buliisa County thanked the minister for honouring the fishermen`s invitation saying if fishermen can be  allowed to use the  3 inch gill nets, they would  be able to support their families better.

The meeting was also attended by Buliisa district chairperson Lukumu Fred among others.

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