Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tanzanian fisheries regulator in the pipeline, says Minister

The Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Mr

The Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Mr Luhaga Mpina (left) with his deputy, Mr Abdallah Ulega, follow the discussion closely in parliament today. Photo | Edwin Mjwahuzi 

By Alawi Masare @AMasare

Dodoma. The Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Mr Luhaga Mpina said on Thursday that  his docket has initiated the process of establishing a fisheries regulatory authority to supervise the sector. 

The initiative is part of the measures his ministry was taking to address challenges that hamper the sector's growth and contribution to the economy. 

Some of the challenges in the fisheries sector include decrease of processing industries, illegal fishing, illegal exportation and increased foreigners who enter and fish illegally. 

Mr Mpina also some local authorities have been collecting revenue from fishing but the money are not spent to develop the sector. 

"The ministry has taken different measured including the OperesheniSangara 2018 which aimed at taming illegal fishing," he said. 

According to him, the operation resulted into collecting Sh7.03 billion from fines and selling of fish and its products.