By Confidente Reporter
THE Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource has declared Zambezi/Chobe river system as a fisheries reserve for the period December 01 to end of February next year.
The Zambezi/Chobe River system shared borders with Zambezi and Botswana. This was done with the reason to protect the fish resources and their environment from destruction, degradation, pollution and any other adverse impacts through human activities that threaten their health and viability.
“As such, all fishing activities in these areas are prohibited during the restriction period. We encourage the general public to adhere to this restriction,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Fisheries Dr Moses Maurihingirire said in a media release this week.
Also banned by the ministry is the Kasaya channel in Impalila Conservancy area. “Specific fishing activities permitted in Kasaya Channel Fisheries Reserve and conditions are: No netting or the use of any net is allowed in the Kasaya Channel Fisheries reserve, boat movement is only allowed on the water in the Kasaya Channel Fisheries reserve between 06:00 and 18:00.
“Patrols for management of the Kasaya Channel Fisheries Reserve will be made by the conservancy tour guides, conservancy game guards and conservancy fish monitor, in close agreement with and through cooperation with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. These patrols will be assisted by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the Namibian police and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism when necessary.”
The borders of Kasaya include the entire channel between the banks at low flow from the point at which it leaves the main Zambezi river course Kasaya channel entrance to the point where the channel exits into the Chobe river.
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