Botswana has banned foreigners from fishing, reserving both recreational and subsistence fishing for its citizens, media reports said here on Tuesday.
The reports said fishing camps and lodge owners in the country have been informed that fishing activities are now reserved for citizens only.
“A foreigner who wishes to fish will only do so through a licensed fishing camp and lodge. Therefore fishing camps and lodges are to apply for recreational fishing licenses for their clients,” reads a circular from Department of Wildlife and National Parks.
The fishing restriction has already received mixed reaction, with most businesses criticising it.
The development comes against the backdrop of the recent decision by the government to ban hunting tourism in Botswana by 2014.
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