Omena ‘re­duces’ Nile perch population

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The Fish­eries Bill signed into law last month will soon be op­er­a­tionalised.

Fish­eries PS Japhet Ntiba yes­ter­day said, “Omena fish­ing is re­duc­ing the population of nile perch. If we are not care­ful, we ac­tu­ally kill the young nile perch as we do omena fish­ing.”

He spoke dur­ing the sec­ond Africa Cli­mate Smart Agri­cul­ture Fo­rum in Nairobi.

Ntiba said ev­ery year, fish­ers re­move young nile perch that could have pro­vided food for gen­er­a­tions.

“We need to go back and rein­tro­duce closed sea­sons and also en­force the use of proper nets. If fish­ing is well man­aged, there should be pro­duce for years to come, but if not well man­aged, it can col­lapse and we have to work very hard to rein­tro­duce it,” he said.

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