By Jumah Nsubuga
Fishing communities under Uganda fisheries and Fish Conservation Association (UFFCA) have called upon government to recall the 2008 fisheries policy and be amended to fit the current situation.
The executive director of UFFCA ,Seremos Kamuturaki , says that the policy which was drafted 10 years back was poorly designed since it was promoting management measures that aimed at maximizing economic returns from fisheries without considering livelihood needs and well being of fishing communities.
He further called for the scrapping of beach management units which he says were wrongly constituted and have mismanaged the sector as they have involved themselves in politics.
He also noted that unless drastic changes are being made in the sector, the lives of the fishing communities will not develop and the resource will also depleted.
Mean while the minister of Agriculture Tress Buchanayandi revealed that, government this financial year will work on all policies and laws of the fisheries sector.
The minister confirmed this while appearing before parliamentary committee on agriculture chaired by Kakuto county MP Mathias Kasamba.
He said that, they (ministry) also going to review the fisheries bill for submission to cabinet. “We are also going to review the beach management Units guidelines, review the aquaculture strategy and Rules, and assess suitability of sites for aquaculture parks countrywide. We shall also review the draft small fishes policy and management plan and development of a management plan for fishing capacity on Lake Victoria” The minister noted.