IL­LE­GAL FISH­ING

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Lake Naivasha fish­er­men want the Nakuru gov­ern­ment to ar­rest peo­ple us­ing the hook and line method.

The Kenya Marine and Fish­eries Re­search In­sti­tute has said the method is il­le­gal and is on the rise, es­pe­cially in the South Lake re­gion.

Kem­fri re­searcher James Last yes­ter­day said the fish­ing sys­tem could hurt pro­duc­tion.

He said the method is used on the shores of the lake and in breed­ing ar­eas.

“Some fish­er­men and poach­ers have re­verted to us­ing the hook and line method in which they use ugali to trap the fish and this is wor­ry­ing,” he said.

Last said large fish, mainly brood­ers, are get­ting caught and pol­lut­ing the water body. “The method is very at­trac­tive as com­pared to the use of nets. We have seen li­censed fish­er­men opt­ing for it,” he said.

Last said water hy­acinth, which has cov­ered many land­ing beaches, has stag­nated.

“Cases of il­le­gal fish­ing are very high and the big­gest challenge fac­ing this water body is the pa­pyrus weed and not the water hy­acinth,” he said.

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