Fo­cus shifts to deap sea to im­prove catch

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Kenya is fo­cus­ing on deep-sea fish­ing to in­crease fish pro­duc­tion.

Di­rec­tor of Fish­eries, Re­sources De­vel­op­ment and Mar­ket­ing Charo Karisa has said for many years, Kenya has not fully ex­ploited its ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone. Karisa said Asian and Euro­pean coun­tries have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of this sit­u­a­tion to fish in Kenya’s zone.

An ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone is the area beyond a coun­try’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, which ex­tends to 200 nau­ti­cal miles from the coast.

“We are con­tem­plat­ing in­creas­ing our zone from 200 to 350 nau­ti­cal miles, so we can im­prove our fish pro­duc­tion. We are se­cur­ing our bor­ders to re­duce il­le­gal, un­reg­u­lated and un­re­ported fish­ing,” Karisa told the Star.

“We are con­struct­ing an off­shore pa­trol ves­sel for sur­veil­lance in Mom­basa.”

He said the gov­ern­ment will fully ex­ploit its Blue Econ­omy, which is the long-term strat­egy to sup­port sus­tain­able growth in the ma­rine and mar­itime sec­tors as a whole. The ocean is an en­gine of the econ­omy.

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