Fishing ban lifted after L Naivasha clean-up
1,000 fishermen clashed with three Kenya Wildlife Service officers, accusing them of stealing their fish and nets
The government has lifted the threeday ban on fishing in Lake Naivasha after a major clean-up.
Fisheries officer Nicholas Kagundu yesterday said, “The main aim of the exercise was to rid the lake of the large number of nets that have hurt fishing.”
The national government had outlawed night fishing and seining in Lake Naivasha. The Department of Fisheries said some traders were fishing along the lake shores.
Kagundu warned that any fisherman involved in the illegal trade would have his licence cancelled. He said no fishing should be done along the shorelines or in areas where the water is one metre deep.
It is illegal to fish in identified breeding zones. Kagundu said the lake this week will be restocked with 100,000 fingerlings.
He said fishermen will contribute 5,000 fingerlings, and the rest will be supplied by stakeholders and the county.
Meanwhile, 100 fishermen in Lake Naivasha clashed with three KWS rangers on Saturday, accusing them of stealing their fish and nets.
The fishermen seized the rangers’ boat with the stolen fish.
The officers shot in the air to disperse the fishermen. The rangers accused the fishermen of doing business illegally.
Trouble started when the rangers confiscated 30 nets and all the harvested fish. Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association chairman David Kilo said the officers do not have the mandate to inspect nets and boats.
“This is the work of Fisheries officers,” he said.
Kilo said the trio have confiscated the fishermen’s nets on numerous occasions and later sold the fish in Naivasha town.
“They have been venturing into the lake every night and either stealing nets or confiscating equipment,” he said.
Kilo urged KWS to rein in the officers, adding that fishermen will not release the seized boat until they are arrested.
Fishermen at Karagita Beach near Lake Naivasha prepare their nets yesterday