Tanzania on Tuesday announced the second round of an operation against illegal fishing and smuggling of fish and its related products in Lake Victoria.
Tanzania's Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina made the announcement in the lake-zone city of Mwanza when speaking during an evaluation meeting on the just-ended operation code-named "Operation Sangara" in Lake Victoria, which started in January this year.
The government is well prepared to make illegal fishing a story of the past in Lake Victoria.
The water body is being shared by three east African countries -- Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.
The minister suspended 35 civil servants of the fisheries department for allegedly engaging and colluding with illegal fishermen in their respective areas.
He also directed the revocation of 26 beach management unit committees in Lake Zone for their alleged role in illegal fishing activities.
According to Mpina, the first round of the operation found that some key leaders, politicians, councils' chairmen, local government leaders were involved in illegal fishing and fish smuggling.
"We will continue maintaining the operations until illegal fishing and smuggling of fish resources in the lake is curbed once and for all," he said.
Mpina reminded leaders of all levels to live their oaths as public servants by observing all ethical conduct in managing public resources.