The fisheries department in Chilubi district in Northern Province has bemoaned the continued use of mosquito nets for fishing activities on Lake Bangweulu by fishermen.
Assistant Fisheries Technologist, Maybin Chintu, complained to ZANIS that despite various sensitisation campaigns on the matter, some fishermen on the lake have continued to use the bad fishing methods to
catch their fish.
He named some of the worst affected areas as Chaba, Nsumbu and Mule.
Mr Chintu said the utilization of drown nets and mosquito nets to catch fish on Lake Bangweulu was detrimental to the growth of the fishing industry in the area.
He called on village headmen in Chilubi to work in collaboration with the Village Conservation Management Committees to curb the practice.
Mr Chintu warned fishermen in Chilubi that the wrongful use of the fishing methods was an offence for which an offender was eligible to a jail term of more than six months with hard labour.