Fish­er­men want Chi­nese traps banned

The Star (Kenya) - - News General -

Fish­er­men in Lake Naivasha want re­cently in­tro­duced Chi­nese cray­fish traps banned.

The move comes a few days af­ter the lake’s four beach man­age­ment units kicked out a Chi­nese in­vestor in­volved in har­vest­ing cray­fish.

The fish­er­men said the traps are eas­ily avail­able in the mar­ket but they pick ev­ery­thing in the lake.

Lake Naivasha Boat Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man David Kilo said the traps net fin­ger­lings and other fish.

He said when in­tro­duced, the traps were meant for cray­fish, but this was no longer the case.

“We have seen an in­crease in the use of the cray­fish traps from China and they are wip­ing out all species,” Kilo said.

He warned that if it’s not stopped, the fish­ing method could wipe out all the gains made in 12 years by fish­er­men and the govern­ment. Kilo said mem­bers of the BMU agreed that they would not al­low the Chi­nese back on the lake for un­fair prac­tice.

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