Luangwa residents happy with lifting of fish ban
Luangwa, December 16, ZANIS—————–Fishermen and mongers in
Luangwa District have commended Government for lifting the fish ban
along the lower Zambezi river.
The Fishermen and mongers who said fishing was their only source of livelihood made the commendation when Luangwa District Commissioner, Eunie Mumba and Fisheries Department Assistant Fisheries Technician, Besias Kalunga addressed a meeting at Chidada village in Chief Mphuka’s area along the Zambezi river.
Mr. Mumba said Government had heard the cries of the people of Luangwa District whose livelihood depend on fishing on the Lower Zambezi river and has decided to discontinue the fish ban on the river.
He said it was government’s wish to enable people have a source of income to sustain their families hence the termination of the fish ban on the lower Zambezi river.
The District Commissioner however, warned the fishermen against using mosquito nets for fishing because the method was not sustainable.
He advised them to use correct fishing equipment for them to benefit from the fish industry.
And Fisheries Department Assistant Technician, Besias Kalunga told the fishermen and mongers that government decided to amend Statutory Instrument number 24 of 2012 which closed all fisheries in the country to facilitate fish breeding.
Mr. Kalunga revealed that a new statutory instrument number 62 of 2014 states that the fishing ban on the lower Zambezi river starting from the Kariba dam walls up to the confluence of the Luangwa and Zambezi rivers has been lifted.
He told the fishermen and mongers that fishing will be done throughout the year but was quick to advised fishermen to buy fishing licences and to use the right type of fishing nets.