Lake Kivu Fishermen in Nyamasheke District are supposed to avoid poor relationship in their cooperatives internal conflicts and to poor fishing techniques.
Nyamasheke District Mayor Jean Baptiste Habyarimana said on 11th march 2013. The Mayor had a dialogue with fishers in the fishers’ cooperatives union
Fishers were told to avoid using dangerous fishing techniques some of which are known to even harvest the young fish which will completely annihilate fish in the lake.
This would have Devastating impacts not only on fishers and their families who survive on fishing but also on the people of Nyamasheke district.
Cooperative farmers who support these techniques and protect farmers who use them were also warned in this meeting and some of those leaders were replaced. The vice president of the Union of cooperatives, 2 auditors and 1 advisor were replaced by others in this same meeting.
The mayor reminded fishers that Lake Kivu is of great importance to the people of Nyamasheke district and asked them to protect it while conserving its properties and that include fish. Mayor Habyarimana said Lake Kivu does not concern only fishers but all Rwandans and should therefore be protected by all leaders and local authorities.
The chairperson of the Union of the fishers’ cooperatives in Nyamasheke district Eraste Bazirake asked the newly elected leaders to be exemplary, listen to their subjects, and listen to advice given and never to follow into the footsteps of those expelled.
This meeting also discussed about the price issue from the fisher to the contractor who won the market and to the traders as well as consumers. It was agreed upon that there is big balance between the price the fishers sell to their contractor and the price the contractor sell s the fish to the traders.
A team to do a research and come up with the exact and fair price that will suit both parties was elected and will begin operating immediately.