Fisheries Department confiscates 200 ‘fake’ fishing nets in Namwala district


  The  fisheries Department in Namwala District in Southern province has confiscated over 200 mosquito nets which were used for alleged illegal fishing.


ZANIS reports that Namwala District Fisheries officer Daniel Chilundika confirmed the development in an interview that together with  the Zambia Police, and the Department of National Parks, his department raided a fishing camp called kalweza on Kafue river which made the suspected fishermen to flee after noticing they were being trailed.


Among the items confiscated included 84 Kgs of dry fish ,  35 kgs of fresh fish and 19 assorted small sized prohibited fishing nets.


The Namwala District Fisheries officer has appealed to communities to strengthen Community Crime Prevention units which have proved to be  helpful in combating illegal fishing methods in communities near the rivers.


The fisheries department has since commended Chief Mukobela of the Ila speaking people in the District for offering his personnel vehicle to help the department to carryout patrols to curb illegal fishing methods across the district.


The Fisheries department in conjunction with the Zambia police and the department of the National parks and wildlife have since launched a man hunt for the illegal fishers who are currently on the run.