Government to acquire tuna fishing vessels
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabPresident Kenyatta has been previously quoted saying that of the global tuna catch of 4.35 million metric tonnes annually, 25 per cent is fished off Kenya's coast. Kiunjuri added that the Government was also promoting the private sector to develop domestic fishing fleet aimed at tuna fishing and was also facilitating their licensing. “The Government is promoting the private sector to develop the domestic fishing fleet targeting tuna and tuna-like fishery by allocating the fishing access rights, facilitating joint venture and licensing,” he said. He said tuna fish would help sustain local demand and also provide raw materials for manufacturing and fish processing industries. Kiunjuri said that, together with the recently operationalised Liwatoni Fishing Complex that handles landed fish, the Government's efforts are aimed at creating employment and wealth generation.
SEE ALSO :Mount Kenya’s man-made paradiseHe said to achieve the blue economy objective, fisheries investments were crucial. “To actualise the objective of the blue economy through the fisheries component, it requires deliberate, sustained and visible investment on development of sea going capacity, post-harvest handling infrastructure and management technology for its success,” he said. He said the country was focused on revitalising the blue economy, particularly through utilisation of Kenya’s EEZ. “This will be through operationalisation of the Kenya Fisheries Advisory Council, developing Kenya National Fishing fleet, strengthening of monitoring, control and surveillance systems to provide efficient and effective fisheries governance, developing fisheries-related infrastructure like ice plants and construction of fish ports as envisaged in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties,” he said. He added the ministry was also strengthening and involving fisher communities through Beach Management Units in co-management of the fishing sector.
SEE ALSO :KCB, Nakuru storm into Dala 7s quartersKiunjuri was speaking at a side event dubbed 'The role of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in ending hunger and securing food supply to promote good health and create wealth'. He, however, warned that illegal fishing and other unsustainable marine habits were taking a toll on the world’s oceans. Unregulated fishing “Unfortunately, anthropogenic activities including overexploitation, illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, introduction of alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a toll on the world’s oceans and seas,” he said. He said Kenya was committed to facilitating sustainable management of the EEZ resources as well as supporting efforts towards sustainable management of marine resources in the high seas for the present and future generations.
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