TZ authorities seize poisoned Nile Tilapia

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Authorities in Musoma Rural District Council -Mara region in Tanzania have seized a ton of poisoned Nile tilapia from the Lake Victoria, shortly before arriving at the fish market.

The fish from Tanzania’s Northern region was immediately suspected to have been caught with poisonous fishing gear, Tanzania’s Independent Television-ITV, reported Wednesday.

The estimated more than a ton was impounded at Egenge suburb, Busamba village in Musoma Rural district.

The country’s National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) immediately said it was launching an investigation to find out what exactly happened to the fish.

Tanzania’s Lake Victoria region is believed to have about 150,000 fishermen and women with 30,000 fishing equipment.

Latest figures show annual Nile tilapia catch nears 240,000 metric tons worth Tsh938.119million, according to the ministry of fisheries development.

The ministry’s 2013 figures indicate Musoma had 671.5 metric tons total catch. Lake Victoria frozen fish fillets exported in the same year was 10.896 million Kilograms worth $54million.