By Dominic Sikopo
Sikunga Conservancy recently received a brand new boat that will be used in patrolling Sikunga river channel by fishing guards.
Sikunga was officially declared a Fish Protection Area, which has led to its receiving a boat that will boost its drive in curbing illegal fishing and netting.
Handing over the boat to the manager of Sikunga Mr. Steven Muyangwa was Mr. Strijs Coertzen the owner of Katima Security Services and chairman of Nwanyi Angling club.
Mr. Coertzen took the opportunity to thank other sponsors involved in the project that include Namib mills who will be donating 25kg of mealie meal to the five fishing guards every month, Umvuvu Lodge that donated uniforms for the guards, Island View Lodge ,Edelstahlbau for donating the boat, Zambezi Shell , Katima Security Services and members of the public for donating fuel.
A cheque of N$13,700 was donated by Nwanyi Angling Club which will be used to pay for the fishing guards` salaries.
Mr Muyangwa thanked Mr.Coertzen and other sponsors for their donations.
He said the donation will go a long way in preserving Sikunga`s water wildlife resources.
“Thanks to the fishing guards and assistance from the Fisheries Ministry, we have so far confisticated about 52 fishing nets and more than 100 illegal fishermen have been apprehended by us” noted Mr. Muyangwa.