Fisheries and Livestock minister NKANU LUO has challenged the fisheries department to carry out extensive research on local fish breeds in order to increase the protein intake in the country.
Professor LUO says while the department has done research on exotic fish such as the tilapia, more research on local fish breeds such as imbowa, imilonge and mitensa need to be done as they contain more protein mass than the tilapia.
Professor LUO says there is need to build the fish security in the country through breeding of local fish and multiplication of fingerlings to increase the fish population in most of the water bodies.
She says her ministry is the prime source of protein foods and will ensure it contributes to the health and wealth of the nation.
And Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project (ZAEDP) Project Coordinator ALEXANDER KEFI says the project is studying the reproductive biology of the imbowa fish.
Dr. KEFI says ZAEDP is currently doing research on imbowa at the National Aquaculture Research Centre at Mwekera in Kitwe and Fiyongoli research station in Mansa.
Meanwhile Professor LUO has warned that she will ban all illegal fishing methods and gear.
Professor LUO says illegal fishing methods have negatively affected the fisheries sector and will study the regulations provided in the Act to effect the ban.