llegal fish traders, fishermen arrested in Luapula

The Department of Fisheries in Luapula Province has confiscated over 1000 Kilograms of fresh fish and over two tonnes of dry fish in the on-going enforcement of the fishing ban in the area.

Provincial Fisheries and Livestock Coordinator, Joseph Chiti says 46 people have also been arrested for fishing and trading in fish during the fishing ban period.

Mr Chiti said out of the total number of those who have been arrested 13 males and five females have been convicted, while eight have been fined who include three males and five females.

He disclosed in an interview with ZANIS that 21 boats and 238 fishing nets have also been confiscated from those who were found illegally fishing in Lake Bangweulu and Mweru respectively.

Mr Chitii further said two vehicles and five bicycles which were used to carry fish have also been impounded by a team of officers who were conducting patrols in check points and other entry and exit points in the province.

He expressed concern with the low compliance levels by fishermen and women during this year’s fish ban as they have continued fishing and transporting it to different parts of the province.

Mr Chiti added that the Department of Fisheries will continue to enforce the law as it is the only way to give chance to fish in the natural water bodies to breed.

He has urged fishermen to use the fishing ban to venture in agriculture activities as opposed to engaging in illegal fishing.