Mwanza — STAKEHOLDERS in the fishing sector have called upon government to address concerns and defend the rights of small scale fishing communities.
The call was made during a two day national consultative workshop in Mwanza city to deliberate on issues that will be included in the international guidelines for securing sustainable small scale fisheries and other related issues. "Small scale fisheries have no defined markets for their products they sell their fish to anybody," says Yasin Ally.
William Matiti from Muluseni in Ukerewe district in Mwanza region said that small scale fisheries have limited accessibility to financial resources, market information, opportunities to improve their lives and their boats are not motorized.
During the closing of the workshop, the representative of the Director of Fisheries Department Mr Charles Byarugaba said that small scale fishermen have a key role to perform in national economic development. "The international guideline for securing sustainable small scale fisheries is very important in facilitating small scale fisheries and in promoting national economy," he noted.
Mr Byarugaba accepted the challenges raised by participants and that views of the stakeholders will be included in the draft of international guideline for securing sustainable small scale fisheries.
Mr Byarugaba hailed environmental management and economic developments Organization (EMEDO) for organizing stakeholders national consultative workshop which will contribute to improve views for the guidelines to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
He appealed to participants to air their views and opinions which will help to develop small scale fisheries. Mr Byarugaba noted that the discussions were productive and that there was need to support further small scale fisheries.