OFFICERS from Fisheries in Kabwe yesterday swung into action and confiscated fish from traders at Kamanda market. The officers confiscated the fish following the fish ban that was effected on December 1 2013.
Some traders who had their fish confiscated complained over the development saying it was not fair that they had their merchandise taken from them without clear explanation.
The traders said their fish was old stock which they had ordered way before the fish ban was implemented on December 1 this year. They said that the officers had no right to collect their fish as it was not caught after the fish ban but before.
Addressing the marketers Kabwe mayor Moses Mwansa called on the traders to remain calm as he would consult the provincial Minister on the way forward.
And when contacted for a comment Central Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta said it was unfortunate that the fishery officers were confiscating fish from the markets instead of carrying out patrols near the rivers.
Mr Mwaliteta advised the officers to mount road blocks near the rivers so that they would be able to monitor the fish which is been caught in areas where the fish ban has been instituted. ‘I am advising the officers to control the fish flow near the rivers that have effected the fish ban through mounting road blocks’, Mr Mwaliteta said.
Mr Mwaliteta has since called on the officers to give back the fish that had been confiscated from the marketers. He said it is difficult to know which fish was illegally acquired and which was not, hence the need to patrol the rivers.
Mr Mwaliteta added that it was not wise for the fishery officers to conduct patrols in town but should instead patrol the rivers to safe guard the fish in the rivers.