Fishing law muddies the waters
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CTA. 1998. Fishing law muddies the waters. Spore 77. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Mr N. Djimasngar, of the fisheries office in Logone/Tandjilé in Chad found the leading article 'Water: will there be conflict?' in Spore 74 very relevant to a recent experience of his: 'As the fisheries officer in the region, I was very involved in...
Mr N. Djimasngar, of the fisheries office in Logone/Tandjilé in Chad found the leading article 'Water: will there be conflict?' in Spore 74 very relevant to a recent experience of his: 'As the fisheries officer in the region, I was very involved in a conflict about the management of fish resources. It was between some Ngambaye fishermen who came from the south-west, and the Sarakaba, Niellim and Tounia peoples, from the mid-Chari region in the south-east of Chad. The Ngambaye are professional fishermen who left their region of origin several decades ago to settle down in mid-Chari. The local people felt that they were undesirables, and accused them of depleting the fish stocks in the river Chari, and in other waters in the region. They were forbidden from fishing; blows were exchanged, and their fishing equipment was confiscated. This led to an increase in tension between the two communities. The question was taken to the local authorities several times, but no lasting solution was found. According to the letter of the law, right is on the side of the Ngambaye. Fishing is allowed by law anywhere in Chad, as long as the fisherman has authorised equipment, and has paid for an annual fishing license. Herein lies the inappropriateness of legislation. Local communities have a clear political will for managing natural resources themselves. But the sense of the law runs counter to this.'