NEWS– The Director of Fisheries Resources Ms Joyce Ikwaput Nyeko has directed the National Commander of Fisheries Protection Forces to ensure that all fishermen without 2022 licences do not enter Uganda lakes for fishing activities.
According to a letter dated January 13th 2022, signed by Ms Nyeko which this Online Publication has seen, all the Fisheries licenses of 2021 have expired and therefore all the fishermen who have not renewed their licences are not allowed to work.
“In order to stop the vices of fishing legalities, the Directorate of Fisheries Resources is requesting Fisheries Protection Unit to stop all fishing and fisheries activities without the 2022 licences” the letter reads in parts.
MS Nyeko therefore made it categorically clear that no fishing boats will be allowed to enter any water bodies starting 1st February 2022.
She said that in the meantime, all fishing licensing activities which started on January 2nd 2022 will continue up to March 31st 2022 to enable the fishermen and traders to acquire the necessary documents and licences to allow them continue with their trade.
Ms Nyeko asked all the Fisheries officers at the District and sub County to provide support and help in the licensing of all unlicensed fishermen for 2022 with immediate effect.
The letter is copied to the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), the Permanent Secretary (MAAIF), the LC 5 Chairpersons, the Resident District Commissioners and the Chief Administrative Officers.