Fishermen in Homa Bay warned against use of illegal fishing gear


Fishermen in Homa Bay warned against use of illegal fishing gear
File image of fishermen in Lake Victoria.

In Summary

  • Rachuonyo North Sub-County officer in charge of fishery services George Omondi said use of illegal fishing equipment has led to a decline of fish in Lake Victoria on the Kenyan side.
  • Mr. Omondi said fishermen caught using the banned equipment risk arrest and prosecution.

Fishermen in Rachuonyo North, Homa Bay County have been against using illegal fishing gear in Lake Victoria.

Rachuonyo North Sub-County officer in charge of fishery services George Omondi said use of illegal fishing equipment has led to a decline of fish in Lake Victoria, on the Kenyan side, forcing the fishermen to trespass to neighbouring countries like Uganda hence causing boundary conflict.

Mr. Omondi said fishermen caught using the banned equipment risk arrest and prosecution.

”Many fishermen in the region are still using illegal gear which is against the law despite being sensitized on the required fishing gear to be used in waters of Lake Victoria,” he said.

He pointed out that the fisheries department had been experiencing challenges in the war against illegal fishing equipment due to the limited resources, but noted that they are working with the county Beach Management Unit Network leadership to help in weeding out the illegal gear.

”Lake Victoria is the source of livelihood to many people and the fisheries department will therefore not relent in fighting illegal fishing gears in the region.”he noted.

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