ARUSHA, Tanzania, Sept. 17 — Tanzania’s campaign against illegal fishing in Lake Victoria has started paying off as processing factories get more mature fish stock than in the past, a senior official said on Sunday.
Livestock and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina said the operation has achieved a lot, as for the past eight months, fish processing factories on the shore of the lake process mature fish as required by the fisheries law.
The law requires that the plants can only process mature fish with sizes between 50 cm and 85 cm.
According to Mpina, the anti-illegal fishing operation has enabled the Tanzanian government to improve revenue collections and job creation.
He noted that increased fish stock in the lake will not only benefit the government, but also fish processors, and their employees.
“We are determined to make Lake Victoria as an illegal-fishing-free area for the current and future generation,” said Mpina, who visited Nile Perch and Natures Fish factories in the city of Mwanza, located on the southern shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world.
Tanzania has been implementing “Operation Sangara” to control illegal fishing in Lake Victoria for more than eight months.
Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda have agreed to conduct joint operations against illegal fishing on Lake Victoria.