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FPU CONFISCATES SMALL SIZED FISH SPECIES IN BULIISA

By Pascal Onega

BULIISA: Fish vendors from Biiso Market in Biiso town council Buliisa District are counting losses after their fish were confiscated by the security personnel from Fisheries Protection Unit {FPU}.

The operation was carried out Thursday in various parts in Buliisa District and various fish species were confiscated.

This has raised concern among vendors saying the FPU should impound illegal fishing gear instead of confiscating the small sized fish species.

They also wondered why the FPU confiscated the small fish species yet they are not fishermen.
They are calling upon the leaders to intervene into the matter especially on how the operation should be conducted.

Pirez Isingoma, a resident from Biiso also expresses concerns as to why the operation has been conducted in the markets yet the security officials were put on lake shores to stop illegal fishing gears and fish species.

”They shouldn’t confiscate the fish species since they were deployed at the lake shores to fight illegal fishing gear and small fish species,” said Isingoma.

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Efforts to get a comment from the commandant of the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU by press time was futile since he didn’t respond to our repeated phone calls.

The operations are in line with a 2017 directive by President Yoweri Museveni to deploy Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers along the lake shores in the country to combat illegal fishing practices and protect the fish resources that were under threat of depletion and dwindled fish stock in the country.

The operations have since aided the destruction of illegal fishing gear including boats, Hooks, Fishing nets, immature fish, and several sets of mono-filament nets.

 

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