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Smuggling Stumps Up Fish Prices

UGANDA - Fish prices have doubled due to rampant smuggling to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reports listed on news service AllAfrica say that smuggling is rife along the Uganda/DR Congo border.

"Traders are transporting even immature fish through illegal border points and are escorted by armed men," said Dirisa Walusimbi, Manager of the Gaba Beach Management Unit.

At Kamwokya and Nakawa markets, a kilogramme of Nile Perch costs sh5,000 from sh2,500, while an 11-inch fish costs between sh2,500 and sh3,000 from sh1,500. Fish of between 16 and 17 inches costs between sh5,000 and sh7,000.

"The situation has been aggravated by over-fishing on Lake Victoria throughout the day and night. This is done even in the current dry season," Walusimbi said.

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