Authorities’ efforts to abandon illegal fishing in the country has led to local output as Tanzania’s fish imports go down by a whopping 99.8 per cent in the past four years.
In November 2018, the government launched a crackdown on illegal fishing in the country, engineered by the minister of Livestock and fisheries, Mr Luhaga Mpina affirming that it had led to the depletion of fish stocks in the country’s lakes, forcing Tanzania to spend more money to import fish.
According to the principal fisheries officer for the Lake zone, Mr Roman Mkenda, said since the launch, there has been a reduction of the amount spent on importing fish, from sh55.9 billion to only 100, 000 million. Hence fish stocks improved significantly.
He said that achievement is a blessing to the country because the money was now being injected into the circulation from where it was, bosting other sectors towards the country’s economical thrive.
0.4 per cent of all the fish in the lake was of reproductive age and therefore unfit to be fished. This is per research into fish stocks conducted in 2018 in the Lake Victoria, whereby after the crackdown the percentage of fish in the reproductive age has risen to 5.2 per cent.
The government is working with various partners within the fisheries development arena to boost fish stocks in Tanzanian waters. A fisherman at Kirumba in Mwanza, George Joseph told one of the popular media in Tanzania that with the significant rise in fish stocks, he is now assured of catching more than 10 Nile perches daily of length between 50-80 centimetres. Also several tilapia of more than 25 centimetres length on a daily basis as well.