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Illegal fishing gears worth Sh.4 Million destroyed in Rachuonyo North

Illegal  fishing  gears  worth Sh. 4 million  impounded  during  the  ongoing  crackdown  in  Lake Victoria have been burnt.

The  illegal  gears  confiscated over the last one week in various beaches along the Lake were destroyed by the Fisheries  Department in Rachuonyo North Sub-County in the presence of the area fisheries officials, Judiciary officials and the area  Beach Management Unit (BMU) leaders.

Speaking  during  the exercise, the area sub county officer in charge of Fisheries, George Omondi said that the illegal  fishing gears were impounded in Kamolo, Lwasi, Alum, Rambira, and Obaria Beaches respectively.

Omondi added that they are working closely with the area BMU officials to conduct an operation with an aim of eliminating  illegal gears in the area saying such gears have reduced the number of fish in Lake Victoria.

The  officer  further stressed his department would continue with the crackdown until the area is rid of such gears.

His  sentiments  were echoed by Rachuonyo North sub county BMU Chairman, Ibrahim  Kasere  who called upon other  stakeholders to  join hands in the war against illegal fishing gears.

The  Oyugis Law Court, Principal Magistrate, John  Nandia  who led judiciary officials in destroying the gears said that  the  move was to send a powerful message to fishermen still using illegal gears in the region that their days are numbered.

By  Davis  Langat/ Anne  Onyango

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