By Emmanuel Onyango
THE government warned Pemba Island fishermen against crossing the Tanzania mainland water space to Kenya saying it was against the international treaties.
Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega said when responding a question during question and answer session on Wednesday.
He said there was no need for fishermen to enter Kenya territories as the country has a stretch covering 1,424 Km.
The deputy minister told Pemba Island legislator for Civic United Front (CUF) Hamad Salim when he clarified his point on how the country was training fishermen in the isles.
Earlier, the legislator had wanted to know plans by the government of providing training to fishermen to enable them catch more fish in Pemba Isles.
Responding the deputy minister said his ministry through Tanzania Fisheries Research In statute (TAFIRI) is striving to provide technical training to fishermen in both Zanzibar and Pemba Islands to make them become knowledgeable about fishing techniques.
“Under the programme, about 150 trainees in total, 75 from Pemba and other 75 hails from Zanzibar,” he said.
He further said the programme will be extended along the eastern coast of Tanzania in regions bordering Indian Ocean.
A supplementary question raised by CUF legislator Masoud Abdallah Salim asked on why the government was burning fishing nets leaving fishermen in poverty.
Responding, Ulega said according to the country’s rules and regulations, the ministry has powers to conduct such operation if fishermen are violating the country’s laws.