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Tanzania seizes 60 illegal fishing nets in Lake Victoria

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 Victoria.

Munda said the illegal fishing nets were impounded in an operation carried out during the past two weeks.

“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 fishing.

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