With the government now focused on extracting oil in the precincts of Lake Albert, there are increased fears for the depletion of fish from the lake. Latest development from the fishing folks operating near Lake Albert indicate that the fish stocks are being depleted.
“We used to get between 100 and 102 kilogrammes of Tilapia or Nile perch daily but we hardly get much of the two species these days,” Mr Fred Ochuki, the Secretary Beach management unit Sebagoro landing site said last week.
He said whereas they used to collect about 20 to 25 basins of silver fish on a daily basis, the can only afford less than 10 basins, which signals a crisis in future if nothing is done to put the situation right.
Mr Asuman Irumba of Kaiso Tonya landing site said there is overfishing on the lake as a result of population expansion brought about by the excitement of oil discovery and use of illegal gear.
“Our soils are not good for farming. We entirely depend on fishing that is also being threatened by reduced stocks,” Mr Irumba said.
National Association of Professional Environmentalists Officer, Mr Allan Kalangi said the government has not paid adequate attention to the sector.