By Azania Post Reporter
THE government has ordered auctioning of sixty tons of dried fish (sangara) which were seized at Rubili Island which is located in Muleba district, Kagera region.
Speaking before he issued directives , the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina said the fish stock were seized because they did not have legal documents.
He said the fish were packed in big pockets ready for export contrary to the fisheries act no 22 of the year 2003.
Minister Mpina also ordered officials in fisheries department not to issue new licence for fisheries transporters without having legal documents to certify that they are tax compliant.
“You do not have to give them a licence until they come up with documents from Tanzania Revenue Authority to justify that they pay all taxes to state coffers,” he added.
Illegal fishing in Lake Zone has been affecting various areas where as recently it was reported that authorities in Mwanza region seized 5 tons of fish which were in different package en route to neighboring country.
The Mwanza regional natural resources Officer Radhimina Mbilinyi told Azania Post that the said fish was nabbed at Mwaloni fish market in Mwanza city.
“We nabbed five tons of immature fish which people are not allowed, the said stock was on the way to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” she said
“It is said the sized fish stock belongs to Congolese traders who wanted to ship it to without knowledge of Tanzanian officials”, she revealed .
She said Tanzania want all people to conduct their business following legal procedures, otherwise the government would not hesitate to take stern measures for culprits.
“The operation to nab this fish stock did not target Congolese traders, rather than it aimed to make sure that no illegal business persists in our area,” she added.
However reports say illegal fishing has declined since the government tightened its noose on such practices.
Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan late last year ordered Mwanza Region authorities to strengthen security patrols against illegal fishing in Lake Victoria, the largest in Africa.
She noted that illegal fishing, especially of Nile perch, was not only depleting the lake of fish, but it was also destroying breeding grounds for the fish and denying processing plants of raw materials.