The fight against illegal fishing still a tough one in Nakasongola


The fight against illegal fishing on Lake Kyoga remains one of the most puzzling thinhs among leaders of Nakasongola district.

The leaders have now asked President Yoweri Museveni to deploy more soldiers on Lake Kyoga in order to make operations against illegal more effective.

Up to 12 soldiers attached to the Special Forces Command were deployed to fight illegal fishing on Lake Kyoga in February. Since then, the team commanded by Captain Benon Namanya has impounded 11,520 illegal fishing nets, 52.8 tons of immature and 275 unworthy boats. They have also impounded 10 trucks, one taxi and 4 motorcycles which were being used to transport the immature fish.

But Sam Kigula, the chairperson of Lake Kyoga Integrated Management Organization, an Umbrella body for all districts that share the Lake, says that although the resource is shared by 11 districts, the available manpower can only monitor landing sites on the side of Nakasongola.

Kigula, who is also the Nakasongola LCV Chairperson, adds that because the team is constrained, fishermen take advantage of the inadequate numbers to relocate to other landing sites and carry on with illicit fishing.