The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries has begun to implement fisheries licensing, an international fisheries management instrument that is critical in regulating the sector.
Minister of State for Fisheries Hellen Adoa told the media during a press conference on the licensing of fisheries activities on the major water bodies (lakes Victoria, Kyoga, Edward, George, and Albert), that anyone who is not licensed will not be allowed to fish.
According to her, responsible fisheries requires states to execute fisheries licensing as a regulatory process in order to maximize the exploitation and utilization of fisheries resources.
“The goal of performing licensing is to promote the sustainability of fisheries resources by regulating fishing capacity, access, and exit from the fisheries sector,” she explained.
According to Adoa, the drill will take place from January 1 to March 31. The first day of enforcement is April 1st.
The Bazzup observed the following general steps for fisheries licensing: registration, application, verification, and granting of a fishing license. Species-specific licenses will be granted for Lake Victoria, and those who are in arrears will be obliged to pay them.
“All people who are already engaged in fishing activities must be registered.” Every two years, a new registration is completed. Persons who are not registered are not permitted to fish unless they have a valid fishing license. “It will be a one-time application, and only registered folks will be considered for license,” she stated.
Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) must be provided by all licensees, which may be obtained from any Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) office or their agent.
National Identification Cards are necessary for Ugandans, and passports are required for non-Ugandans.