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County to implement modern fishing methods

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By Philip Mwakio | December 22nd 2015

Officials and fishermen have resolved to adopt modern fishing methods to boost the daily catch.

By so doing, they will improve the the sector, which is the key economic pillar of local residents.

The move from traditional fishing techniques, they say, is aimed at preparing the fishermen to sustain the sector after the implementation of the multi-billion Lapsset project, which many believe will affect the fishing industry.

Top in the plan is the provision of high-tech modern facilities for the fishermen, which will enable them conduct their activities in the deep seas and get more fish.

At the same time, the fishermen shall be taken through an extensive training on the modern methods of fishing that embrace sustainable practices that will not impact negatively on the endangered species.

Fisheries Executive Grace Mburu said fishing is a key component for Lamu residents that ought to be promoted and taken to a higher level.

Speaking during the annual Lamu fishing competition that seeks to boost fishing, Ms Mburu said the county’s potential as a key fish producer was high, and vowed to fully exploit it for the betterment of the fishermen.

She said despite using the old traditional modes of fishing, it was the largest producer of lobster in the country. “As the Fisheries department, we initiated the fishing competition because 70 per cent of Lamu residents rely on the sector.”

 

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