New laws spell tough measures for the fishing sector in Kisumu
Dully registeredAccording to Speaker Elisha Oraro, a certificate of registration and a licence will be issued to new investors who want to put up fish cages in the lake.
SEE ALSO :Russia gives Sh700m for weed fight“A fishing vessel licence shall unless revoked or suspended expire on June 30 of each financial year in which it was issued,” the Bill reads in part. It says further that no person other than persons fishing for their own consumption shall catch fish or assist in catching fish in Kisumu County waters without valid licence. The Bill proposes that the county executive member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries should by order publish in a Gazette notice the quantity of fish for consumption or sale. “Each licence issued under this Act shall be valid for such species of fish, type of fishing gear, method of fishing and area of fishing prescribed,” Oraro explained. The regulations are also meant to ensure that fisheries management control fishing pressure so that fish are not harvested faster than they can reproduce.
SEE ALSO :Homa Bay gets Coast guard postBut no fisherman shall be allowed to use any explosives, poisonous or noxious substances or electric shock devices for killing, stunning or disabling fish, according to the Bill. “Any person found guilty of doing so will be liable to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to Sh150,000,” the Bill reads. The radical measures are aimed at curbing the fast-growing floating cage system, which is now dominant technology used for fish farming in Kisumu and Siaya County. The Bill seeks to ensure that regular patrols are carried out in the lake to enforce the regulations, which includes ensuring that all those who ply the waters use safety jackets. Nobody, according to the new measures, will be allowed to sail in the waters without wearing a life jacket whether on a fishing expedition or sporting activity.
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