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Bunyala fishermen using chemicals that endanger human

The practice is rife at Mulukoba Beach and this has compelled the beach management officers in various beaches in Lake Victoria to take measures against illegal fishing methods and the drugging of fish once and for all.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 10 Oct 2016 16:39 EAT

A section of fishermen operating at the beaches along the shore of Lake Victoria in Port Victoria town, Bunyala Sub-County, have been using contraband fishing gear to catch fish, a move that has ended up reducing the population of fish in the lake.

Some of the illegal fishermen have been using poisonous chemicals to drug the fish so that they catch more fish for financial gain with less regard to the health hazards they are exposing the consumers to.

The practice is rife at Mulukoba Beach and this has compelled the beach management officers in various beaches in Lake Victoria to take effective measures aimed at eradicating illegal fishing methods and the drugging of fish once and for all.

Some of the measures that have been put into force include beach patrol by the beach management unit security officers Speaking to Kenya Free Press at Mulukoba beach recently, the beach management unit taskforce chairman Pius Olengo said fish caught using poisonous drugs is endangering the health of the consumers.

He warned the illegal fishermen using illegal fishing gear and poisonous chemicals that their days are numbered and that the law will soon catch up with them.

Olengo at the same time vowed that the beach security team in collaboration with the law enforcement officers based at Port Victoria will continue to keep vigil at the lake so as to ensure the directive on the utilization of the recommended fishing gears is strictly adhered to by all the fishermen operating at the beach.

“We shall work closely with the marine police officers based at Port Victoria police station in an effort to enforce law and order that would ensure only the recommended fishing gear is used,” said the beach management unit security chairman.

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