Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on Tuesday announced
the second round of an operation against illegal fishing and
smuggling of fish and its related products in Lake Victoria.
Tanzania’s Minister for Livestock and
Fisheries Luhaga Mpina made the announcement in the lake-zone
city of Mwanza when speaking during an evaluation meeting on the
just-ended operation code-named “Operation Sangara” in Lake
Victoria, which started in January this year.
The government is well prepared to
make illegal fishing a story of the past in Lake Victoria. The
water body is being shared by three east African
countries—Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.
The minister suspended 35 civil
servants of the fisheries department for allegedly engaging and
colluding with illegal fishermen in their respective areas.
He also directed the revocation of 26
beach management unit committees in Lake Zone for their alleged
role in illegal fishing activities.
According to Mpina, the first round of
the operation found that some key leaders, politicians,
councils’ chairmen, local government leaders were involved in
illegal fishing and fish smuggling.
“We will continue maintaining the
operations until illegal fishing and smuggling of fish
resources in the lake is curbed once and for all,” he said.
Mpina reminded leaders of all levels
to live their oaths as public servants by observing all ethical
conduct in managing public resources.