-The Fisheries department in Namwala district has confiscated a total of 828 kilo grams of fish during a one-day operation held last Sunday to combat illegal fishing on the Kafue river.
The combined team of officers from the Fisheries department and Zambia Police also confiscated various items from the illegal fish traders on 9th February.
The 2013-2014 fish ban which is still in effect will end this month on the 28th.
Namwala District Fisheries officer Daniel Chilundika told ZANIS in the area today that the department had carried out an operation at Chipaba area along the Kafue River week.
The department also mounted a road block on the Namwala/Choma road on the same day.
Mr Chilundika said eight suspects have since been apprehended in conjunction with officers from the Zambia Police Service .
He said the confiscated contraband on the Kafue river included 102 kilograms of fresh fish, 354 kilograms of dry fish , 19 monofilament,11 multi filament nets, 6 paddling sticks and 3 draw nets.
Mr Chilundika said the eight suspects have since appeared before the Namwala magistrate court and were fined between K60 and K800 kwacha .
He however said one of the suspects failed to pay the fine and has since been sentenced to two months simple imprisonment.
And the Fisheries department in Namwala also carried out a land patrol along Kasenga area were it mounted a road block on the Namwala /Choma road were a consignment of 262 kilograms of fish was also confiscated.
The 10 arrested suspects will appear before the Namwala Magistrate court on Monday 17th February 2014.
Meanwhile, the fisheries department apprehended three people who included two ladies at Kabulamwanda area with a total of 110 kilograms of both fresh and fish in a joint operation conducted with Namwala police.