The Fisheries Protection Unit has extended the illegal fishing operation on Lake George that is shared by Kasese and Kamwenge districts.
The fisheries officials arrived at Mahyoro landing site in Kitagwenda district to crackdown on illegal fishing activities on the water but the team was surprised when they discovered that fishermen were using pancakes to catch fish.
A pancake is a flat cake prepared from a starch-based batter that may contain cassava flour and banana as a griddle of frying pan, often frying with oil.
Speaking to the fisherman on Lake George’s Mahyoro landing site confirmed the development. Explained that pancakes attract more catch than other fishing methods including using warms, adding that fisherman use a lot of things to catch fish.
Speaking to Lt. Col. Dick Kirya Kaija says that his office has been awash with reports that pancakes are now illegally used to catch aquatic life.
Lt. Kaija who replaced Lt. Col. James Nuwagaba at the helm to crackdown on illegal fishing activities attributed the matter to increased population pressure. He said they are going to teach the community on the dangers of using pancakes to the fish.
During the operation on Lake George in Kitagwenda district, the Fisheries Protection Unit burnt fifty-seven boats and over three hundred fishing nets.
According to Capt. Favor Rugumayo the Public Relations Officer-PRO Marine Brigade Unit, said they burnt boats and nets as one way to count for the community because there been a lot of allegations that worse fisheries enforcement impounded their items, they take them back into waters for their own benefits.
Hajara Namugabu the chairperson of the Mahyoro landing site said they have been burning illegal boats and fishing nets, she called upon the government to open up fisheries protection unity detaches in kitagwenda district.