DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Tanzanian government said on Monday it has adopted an
ecosystem approach to fisheries management and is promoting
responsible fishing practices.
Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina said responsible fishing
practices include reducing by-catch and other adverse ecosystem
impacts of fisheries.
Opening the 10th
Scientific Symposium of Western Indian Ocean Marine Science
Association (WIOMSA) in Dar es Salaam, Mpina said some fish
stocks are now under comprehensive management plans that include
pelagic fishery, octopus fishery, prawn fishery and national
He said Tanzania,
like other countries in the Western Indian Ocean region, is well
endowed with abundant natural resources—both renewable and
fisheries, coastal tourism, shipping, coastal mining and more
recently natural gas and oil in coastal and marine areas, are
some of the most important industrial activities that take place
in our coastal and marine areas,” Mpina told the symposium that
has brought together about 500 scientists, students, managers,
decision-makers, community groups and the private sector from
more than 30 countries across the world.
He added that the
economic value of the goods and services provided by the coastal
and marine environment in the Western Indian Ocean region was
recently estimated to be 20.8 billion U.S. dollars annually but
it could be even higher.
“We treasure this
ecosystem because of the essential goods and services it
provides for economic development, but we also recognize that we
face several challenges in our endeavors to manage our coastal
and marine environments cooperatively and in an integrated and
sustainable way,” the minister said.
Jacqueline Uku said the association is dedicated to promoting
the educational, scientific and technological development of all
aspects of marine sciences throughout the region comprising
Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Comoros,
Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Reunion.
WIOMSA has a
particular interest in linking the knowledge that emerges from
research to the management and governance issues that affect
marine and coastal ecosystems in the region, Uku said.
Tanzania vows to dismantle
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s newly appointed Minister for Natural Resources and
Tourism Hamisi Kigwangalla said on Monday the east African
nation’s anti-poaching drive will now focus on the arrest of
ringleaders and dismantling of poaching syndicates instead of
seizure of ivory.
“The government will
use intelligence to arrest poaching ringleaders,” he said in the
country’s political capital, Dodoma.
He said the
government is investigating a huge poaching syndicate.
Kigwangalla said a
hardcore poacher was arrested in Meatu district in Shinyanga
region on Sunday as he was planning to kill a rhino in the
Setrengeti National Park.
“The poacher was
arrested in possession of 356 rounds of ammunition, two
magazines and two saws,” the minister said.
In May, former
Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Jumanne Maghembe said
poaching was still haunting Tanzania, with more than 7,000
related arrests in 2016-2017.
Tanzania was once
home to 110,000 elephants but poaching resulted in the loss of
almost 90 percent of the population in the last 40 years.
Tanzanian president calls for
“human face” in house demolitions
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian president John Magufuli on Monday suspended the
planned demolition of over 2,000 houses belonging to people who
allegedly invaded plots set aside for airport, police and
military use in lake zone region of Mwanza.
Magufuli issued the
stop order when inaugurating the Furahisha pedestrian walkway in
Mwanza city at the start of a two-day official tour of the
He halted the
scheduled demolition exercises in Kayenze, Mhoze and Kigoto
areas until he gives further instructions.
Magufuli said house
demolitions should be done “with a human face” and without
causing unnecessary hardships for the owners and their families.
He was responding to
residents appealing for him to cancel the demolition exercise in
the area surrounding Mwanza International Airport.
should be jointly reviewed by the Ministries of Home Affairs,
Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Defense and
National Service, and Works, Transport and Communications,
“I want the
responsible ministers to sit down, work on the map, and come up
with recommendations within 21 days,” he said, urging them to
“put a human face to it” before submitting the recommendations
to him for a final decision on what should be done.
“It is unfair to
demolish houses that people have invested and lived in for over
30 years,” Magufuli said.
But he also pointed
out that structures within the airport periphery and premises of
Tanzania People’s Defense Forces need to be “bulldozed” to pave
the way for the airport’s expansion to international standards
so as to accommodate bigger planes to boost tourism.