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Defiant fishermen risk arrest



Chief Nsama of the Bwile people in Nsama District has warned fishermen abrogating the fish ban that they risk being prosecuted.


He says government policy to implement the fish ban is critical for preserving the fish stocks in the area.


The traditional leader has commended government for deploying marine commandos to patrol water bodies in Mpulungu.


Chief Nsama says since the marines were deployed in the area, reports of local people being apprehended on Lake Tanganyika have drastically reduced.


The traditional leader notes that in the past, a number of fishermen used to be apprehended mainly by Congolese soldiers for fishing in foreign waters.


He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kasama.


Chief Nsama also called on the government to sufficiently fund the fisheries department for them to effectively police the current fish ban.


Chief Nsama also appealed to government to equip the fisheries department with both land and water transport so that they can operate effectively and efficiently.


The fish ban on some major water bodies like Lake Bangweulu and Mweru took effect on December 1st, 2017 and will run up to the end of February next year.


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