Government has described the behaviour of some fishermen who have disregarded the fish ban as weird.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Lackson Kazabu advised the fishermen to desist from fishing during the period of a fish ban, which he said was for their own good.
Mr. Kazabu said his ministry was however strengthening measures to deter fishermen and fishmongers that would be found frustrating government efforts.
He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today that officers in his ministry were and law enforcement agencies were patrolling rivers, lakes and swamps in order to stop perpetrators from engaging into illegal fishing activities.
Mr. Kazabu said government was determined to improve fish population in Zambia.
He warned fishermen in border towns such as Kalabo, Mbala and Siavonga against straying into neigbouring countries to fish.
He said Zambia respects the laws of other countries and he has since warned his officers against condoning behaviours that would encourage fishermen to go on fishing illegally.
Every year, government effects a fish ban which runs from 1st December and ends on 31st March the following year to allow the fish species to breed during this period.