Fishing to Commence on Lake Kyoga
Fishing operations in Lake Kyoga resume.

This was confirmed during the flag-off ceremony of 1,970 boats to be used in all fishing operations in Lake Kyoga.

Government has given a go-ahead to have fishing commenced on Lake Kyoga following months of suspension.

This was confirmed during the flag-off ceremony of 1,970 boats to be used in all fishing operations in Lake Kyoga.  

According to the State Minister for Fisheries, Helen Adoa, the lake had already been cleared to host up to 11,000 boats but there was a delay in the constructing the boats.

Minister Adoa, said that only those areas that have been able to acquire the right boats and fishing gears will be allowed to resume fishing as others wait patiently for the equipment.

In particular, she mentioned areas including Kalaki and Kaberamaido as some of those that are yet to receive the necessary equipment.

“Fishing will resume in areas where fishermen have acquired the recommended fishing gears and boats,” Minister Adoa said before adding that others will also resume as soon as they have been allocated the recommended boats and fishing gears.

This comes at a time when many fishermen in areas of Nakasongola, Amolatar, Kamuli, Apac, Dokolo, Buyende, Kaliro, Soroti, Kaberamaido, Serere, Katakwi, Ngora, Dokolo, Kumi and other districts utilizing the lake have in recent weeks raised complaints of unemployment and poverty towards the government demanding to be allowed to commence fishing freely without any hindrances in a bid to sustain their lives.

Fishing to Commence on Lake Kyoga
Fishing operations in Lake Kyoga resume.

Earlier, in 2019, fishing activities at the lake were suspended to allow the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) co-ordinate the registration of fishermen and their boats. 

The measure was also aimed at regulating illegal fishing activities and conserving water bodies.

The fishing authorities then around the lake endorsed several resolutions, including using only the recommended 28-inch boats and all those in possession of illegal fishing gears were requested to hand them over.

The move was also sparked by the Ministry of Agriculture which demanded all boat owners ensure they have the recommended size of boats and fishing gear, Tax Identification Numbers and National Identity cards.

Non-fishermen boat owners were also required to first secure fishing licences for their fishermen at Shs25,000 to be registered.

During his recent address to the nation, President Museveni hinted on the great role played by the army in protecting and conserving of all water bodies around the country.

Museveni who gave an example of how much income the fishing industry can generate for the country said that it’s because they restricted fishing earlier enough that now the country can yield from the industry.

He said that the size of the fish being extracted from the lakes has increased tremendously unlike before where many fishermen were trapping young fish all in the name of satisfying themselves and their families.

Meanwhile, Minister Adoa emphasized that despite giving the fishermen a go-ahead to reoperate they are ready to deal with all those individuals caught engaging in illegal fishing.

“We shall continue with the operations to ensure that no illegalities are found in the lake”, the Minister emphasized.