By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIAN government has been urged to take stern measure to ban importation of small fish nets in order to save lives of fish and increase income.
Speaking during a question and answer session in Parliament , the Mafia legislator Kitwana Dau (CCM) said the government has to take stern measures as like in illegal drugs.
“The government have to ban importation of small fishnets to ensure that no one is engaging with illegal fishing which have cost our nation”he said.
Responding the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Abdallah Ulega, said the government would continue to improve the fisheries industry and address its challenges.
He said it is very difficult to ban small fish nets used in lakes now because they are also used in Ocean.
“Fishermen in high seas are permitted to use small fish net, while those in lake are not , hence we are looking on better ways to solve this challenge,” he said.
However experts have been blaming ilegal fishing nets for the depletion of fish stocks in various lakes and river . Local fishermen say stocks have declined considerably over the past 10 years, and some days they catch no fish at all.
They accuse fishermen of using nets with holes so small that they catch baby fish, thus preventing restocking.
Tanzania is endowed with fishery resources, the country has both marine and inland fisheries potential.
The marine water covers 64,000 sq km which includes the Indian Ocean and the Exclusive Economic Zone which covers 223,000 sq km.
Fresh water includes the shared waters of East African great lakes namely Lake Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa.
The country has also other small natural lakes, manmade lakes, river systems and many wetlands with fish potential. All these water cover 58,000 sq km. The country has coastline of about 800 km declared as its Exclusive Economic Zone but has not yet exploited.