Zim on look­out for Zam­bian fish poach­ers

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By OLIVER SAMBOKO.

ZIM­BAB­WEAN

au­thor­i­ties have in­ten­si­fied pa­trols on Lake Kariba to re­pel il­le­gal Zam­bian fish­er­men from stray­ing into their ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters to fish.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounced fish­ing ban in Zam­bia, Zim­bab­wean au­thor­i­ties an­tic­i­pated an up­swing of il­le­gal fish­ing in its wa­ters as Fish­er­men in Zam­bia were un­der pres­sure to sat­isfy the high de­mand for the com­mod­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to a Zim­babwe Parks and Wildlife source that re­quested anonymity, Zam­bian fish­er­men had been warned to stay away from Zim­bab­wean ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters on the lake and that those who would be caught would not be spared.

''Our man­date is to en­sure that the fish re­sources are pro­tected from il­le­gal gangs who sneak into our wa­ters to steal and so fol­low­ing the ban­ning of fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties by the Zam­bian au­thor­ity in other parts of the coun­try, we ex­pect an up­swing in the num­ber of fish poach­ers in our ter­ri­tory hence, the de­ci­sion to up our alert­ness," the source said.

The source warned Zim­bab­weans against aid­ing Zam­bians to fish from the coun­try's wa­ters say­ing cul­prits would face the full wrath of the law.

Three weeks ago, eight Zam­bians were ar­rested and jailed for 8 months by a Zim­bab­wean court for stray­ing into that coun­try’s wa­ters on the lake, while an­other four were fined for sim­i­lar of­fence.

Cases of Zam­bian fisher­ men be­ing ar­rested and jailed by the Zim­bab­wean au­thor­i­ties are on the in­crease and has seen more than 50 Zam­bian fish­er­men serv­ing var­i­ous jail sen­tences for il­le­gal fish­ing on the Zim­bab­wean side of the lake.

Zam­bian fish­er­men had been warned to stay away from Zim­bab­wean ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters on Lake Kariba and that those who would be caught wouldl not be spared.

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