Manyinga fishermen use poison to catch fish

SOME fishermen in Manyinga district in North Western Province are reportedly using poison to catch fish and the practice has been roundly condemned by the local leadership. As a result of the practice, fish including small ones, were being decimated in large quantities in Manyinga River. This came to light on Monday morning when residents flocked to the river to help themselves to floating dead fish. Manyinga district commissioner Queen Manela confirmed the development to the Daily Nation in an interview and described the development as sad. Ms Manela said according to preliminary investigations conducted by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, there were some signs of fish poisoning.  ‘’Yes, I can confirm that we recorded an incident where some people used poisonous substances to catch fish in the Manyinga river which resulted in a lot of fish dying,” Ms Manela said. She said the act was not only illegal but also a danger to human life, adding that if left unchecked it could deplete the fish stocks in the river. ‘’But we have engaged the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to carry out a thorough investigation and ascertain the extent of the poisoning,” she said. Meanwhile, the district commissioner has advised Manyinga residents to be wary of anyone found polluting rivers or selling suspected poisoned fish by reporting them to relevant authorities in the district.