A fisherman from Port Victoria in Bunyala Sub has petitioned the County Assembly of Busia for the protection of fishing industry in Busia County.
John Kulohoma in a letter to the committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources wants the county assembly to intervene and tackle the issue of poor fishing activities in the county.
” This will enable us achieve more revenue and boost the economic standards of the people,” Kulohoma said in his humble prayers to have the assembly come to their rescue.
The Agriculture committee chairman Joab Oteba tabled the report on the petition before the assembly on Wednesday seeking the members input in adopting the committee’s recommendations and the County Government to initiate stringent measures including night surveillance and introduction of cage fishing.
Addressing the press after tabling the report, Oteba said the main challenge facing fishermen in Busia County is indiscriminate fishing using crude methods of fishing and poverty.
” We have made recommendations to the County Government to find alternative means of livelihood to the fishermen including cultivating crops and raring animals.
We are happy the Executive is drafting a bill on Fishing Laws which we shall expedite when it is brought to the assembly. The law will protect the Lake against overfishing and encourage cage fishing,” he said.
Oteba said the committee’s visit to the Lake discovered the existence of illegal fishing including use of poison to drug fish to use of illegal nets.
He said the fisheries officers were not helping the cause of protecting the illegal fishing with some compromised by fishermen undertaking the illegal trade.
Nominated MCA Cynthia Mutere urged the members to fast track the passage of the bill once it lands in the assembly.
Elugulu Ward MCA Patrobas Odhiambo who chaired the session gave the clerk to the assembly Allan Mabuka 15 days to notify the petitioner on the latest development.