Uganda People’s Defence Force [UPDF] marines unit over the weekend visited Bbaale Island on Lake Victoria to sensitise locals against illegal fishing.
The officers were led by UPDF Marines Brigade Commander, Brig Micheal Nyarwa, and the commander Enforcement Task Force, Maj James Nuwagaba.
They sensitised locals on Bbaale island about dangers of catching immature fish in an operation to stop illegal fishing in Masaka district.
The fishermen surrendered their illegal fishing gear hidden in the sand to UPDF marines for destruction.
In February 2017, UPDF launched an operation to rid the islands and shores of Lake Victoria of illegal fishing.
The UPDF Marines carried out raids on several islands in Mayuge and Namayingo districts in which over 500 illegal nets were burnt.
The UPDF also destroyed fishing equipment worth Shs200m at Masolya and Dolwe Island landing sites in Mayuge and Namayingo districts during the launch of “Operation Paka Last 2050”.
The launch of the operation follows UPDF taking the lead role in the fight against illegal fishing after being instructed by President Museveni.
At the launch, the commander Enforcement Task Force, Maj James Nuwagaba, said President Museveni instructed that illegal fishing must be stopped if good money is to be realised.
The new team has the task to investigate who imports the illegal fishing nets, how they enter into the country and who clears them.