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Zambezi Times Online 2004

Luapula Minister Calls For Fish Restocking

LUSAKA, Apr. 14 - Luapula Province Minister Justin Chilufya has bemoaned the rapid depletion of fish in the area's rivers and lakes and called for a revised fish ban to allow for restocking.

Mr Chilufya said in Mansa recently that the population pressure on the fish had called for an urgent need for the establishment of a fishmanagement authority to act as a game reserve for fish and restock the fish.

He said the fishing management authority would find fish from other sources to restock and proposed that the fish ban be prolonged for a full year for the fish to multiply.

"We want to have some areas in the lake to stop fishing for the whole year, but we need more funds in a similar manner as game reserves to protect the fish from extinction," Mr Chilufya said.

He also called for the promotion of tourism in the area adding that there was need to come up with a brochure to sell the tourism attractions like the Lake Bangweulu and other resorts to foreigners.

By Times Reporter
Source: The Times of Zambia /allAfrica Global Media

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