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Tanzania adopts ecosystem approach
to fisheries management: minister

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.

Minister for 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 tuna management.

He said Tanzania, like other countries in the Western Indian Ocean region, is well endowed with abundant natural resources—both renewable and non-renewable.

“Commercial 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.

WIOMSA President 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 poaching syndicates

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 region.

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.

Such demolitions 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, Magufuli said.

“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.



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