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Uganda has been warned it could lose its stock of Nile perch if it does not stem the growing tide of illegal fishing.

In a meeting held in Kampala recently stakeholders from 11 Eastern African countries urged Uganda to act fast to protect a resource on which nearly a million people around Lake Victoria depend for their livelihood. 

The meeting reviewed the contribution of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to strengthening fisheries management. It was the fourth and final review of a four-and-half-year programme dubbed ACP Fish II.

According to an official the quantities of Nile perch, the main commercial fish species from Lake Victoria were steadily falling. The official also said they had drafted a plan to guide the fishermen about illegal fishing but it had not been implemented.

“More than 2,000 fishermen who deplete Nile perch on Lake Victoria are direct fishers who need a lot of sensitization and government support to save the resource,” Oliva Mkumbo, the programme’s focal person in Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation said.

The ACP Fish II programme was funded by the European Commission with close to EUR30m, since June 2009, in over 70 ACP countries. Countries that participated in the programme included Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania. (The Observer)

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