26 December 2012

Tanzania: Save Environment, Fishermen Told

Photo: Tommy Trenchard/IRIN
Woman walks past fish laid out (file photo): Illegal fishing rampant in Tanzania waters.

Zanzibar — FISHERMEN in Zanzibar have been urged to avoid unnecessary conflicts, and use of unwanted equipment should they need to save the environment.

The appeal was made here by Mr Mussa Jumbe who is Fisheries and Marine Resources director at a meeting with the fishing committees in efforts to control illegal fishing and save the environment.

"Corals reefs are being destroyed by unauthorized fish nets, and Minai bay conservation area is under threat because of the frequent conflicts between rival groups," Jumbe said, as he warned that about 27,000 people depending on fishing activities in the area may be affected economically if the problems remain unresolved.

He said that people should implement and enforce fishing regulations which restrict illegal fishing, including use of explosives and nets. Mr Mohamed Adam suggested that all fishermen should use official ports when they go fishing. Zanzibar has about 35,000 fishermen, mainly fishing in low areas of the sea, because of lack of boats and ship to enable them fish in deep sea waters.

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