Kasaya Channel now fishing reserve

21 Dec 2016 08:32am
WINDHOEK, 20 DEC (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has declared the Kasaya Channel in the Impalila Conservancy area in the Zambezi Region as a fishing reserve.
The ministry announced this in a media statement availed on Monday by Permanent Secretary Moses Maurihungirire.
Maurihungirire said the proclamation of the reserve came after a written initiative by the Zambezi Regional Council and Bukalo Masubia Traditional Authority in consultation with the ministry under Section 22 of the Inland Fisheries Resources Act of 2003.
There are certain specific fishing activities permitted in the channel.
“No netting or the use of any net is allowed in the Kasaya Channel Fisheries Reserve,” Maurihungirire warned.
Recreational anglers using fishing rods should only practice catch-and-release when fishing in the channel, while trophy fish caught in the reserve will be kept at a cost per kilogramme paid to the Impalila Conservancy.
In addition, an annual fee was agreed upon by the conservancy to be paid by the nearby lodges and fishing clubs to the conservancy, while daily visitors will be required to pay a certain daily boat fee.
The movements of boats will also be restricted in the reserve, where boats will be allowed in the waters between 06h00 and 18h00 only.
The ministry is responsible for the sustainability of living aquatic resources and promotion of aquaculture in Namibia.