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Kikwete suspends fishing on Lake Victoria

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 DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA-President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has stopped all fishing activities on the Tanzania side of Lake Victoria  for the next three months.
Speaking to the Ministry officials in Dar es Salaam during his working tour, last week, Kikwete said the order is meant to give a room for the fish species to increase after over fishing.
He said fish had disappeared from the lake," he noted.
The President told the ministry to conduct patrols on the lake to ensure that his order is effectively implemented.
"You must conduct patrols on Lake Victoria, and if the problem is fuel for your patrol-boats, tell us how much you need then we will give you," he ordered.
The major factor that has led to the over fishing along Lake Victoria was emerging European market for high-quality white fish meat,  prompting the development of industrial fish processing capacity along the lake's shores in Kisumu, Musoma, Mwanza, Entebbe and Jinja.
The export of Nile perch has since expanded away from the European Union (EU) to the Middle East, the United States and Australia, and now represents large foreign exchange earnings to the lake's riparian states. In Uganda, indeed, its export is second only to coffee in the rankings of export earnings.
In 2006, the total value of Nile perch exports from the lake was estimated to be US$ 250 million. The main market for the Nile Perch remains the EU, and the industry is, therefore, subject to the worries of EU health and safety inspectors.
A few years ago, Ugandan authorities had planned to suspend fishing for at least two years but the idea was shelved after fish dealers protested
According findings the lake has a shoreline of 4,828 kilometres (3,000 mi), with islands constituting 3.7% of this length, and is divided among three countries: Kenya-6%, Uganda 45% and Tanzania 49%.
Lake Victoria or Victoria is the world’s second largest fresh water lake, part of the African Great Lakes. It has a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi).
In terms of its volume, Lake Victoria is the world's eighth largest continental lake, and it contains about 2,750 cubic kms of water.
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