Authorities in western Tanzania’s region of Kigoma on Thursday announced to have intensified operations to stop illegal fishing in Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second deepest lake.

“We’ve launched an operation against illegal fishing to replenish fish stock in the lake which in recent years is overwhelmed with illegal fishing activities,” said Joachim Wangabo, Kigoma Regional Commissioner.

“We are currently working closely with all districts and neighboring regions, which are located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika,” the official told journalists about measures to address illegal fishing in the lake, which is shared by Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia.

He also directed authorities in Kalambo District to heighten crackdown on illegal fishing, by empowering village security and safety committees with working tools to address the challenge.

Wangabo described crackdown on illegal fishing as among measures to protect remaining species in the lake and fish processing factories.

He noted that illegal fishing in the lake threatens the existence of fish processing industries thus affecting jobs.

One of the strategies involved in the war against illegal fishing includes the provision of education to surrounding communities on the impacts of illegal fishing, according to Wangabo.

“Kigoma residents depend on Lake Tanganyika for their survival, thousands of people are employed in the sector. We must protect the resource for the future generations,” said Wangabo. Enditem

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