Focus shifts to deap sea to improve catch
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.