DAR ES SALAAM
(Xinhua) -- Fisheries authorities in Tanzania have
seized 60 seine beach nets used for catching immature fish in
Lake Victoria, an official said on Monday.
Masui Munda, an official in charge of
fisheries resources protection for Mwanza region, said the
impounded illegal fishing nets were found hidden in bushes and
at homes at Ibanda and Kigoto areas on the shores of Lake
Munda said the illegal fishing nets
were impounded in an operation carried out during the past two
“We are still conducting patrols in
the lake in Mwanza region to ensure that no unauthorized fishing
gear is used in fishing activities in the area to protect the
aquatic species from extinction,” said Munda.
He said since a special operation
against illegal fishing kicked off in January this year, there
was decrease of the sale of immature fish in the market.
Earlier this month, authorities also
launched a massive crackdown on illegal fishing in Lake
Tanganyika, one of the oldest freshwater lakes in Africa.
Luhaga Mpina, the Minister for
Livestock and Fisheries, said the crackdown should go in tandem
with the arrest of local government officials and fisheries
officers who protected syndicates of people involved in illegal