Fisheries department confiscates 2,000 nets, boats in Lake Naivasha
17 September 2014, 22:54
Naivasha - Over 30 boats and 2,000 under-size fishing nets in the
troubled Lake Naivasha have been confiscated by the department of fisheries as
the fight against illegal fishing and poaching continues.
Naivasha sub-county fisheries officer Mathew Ngila said the
fight against illegal fishermen would go on despite facing various challenges.
“We have so far recovered over 500 nets in the month of
September and the worry is that these are all undersize nets,” said Ngila,
adding that they have arrested at least ten poachers per month, though many
were returning to the lake due to the petty fines they were being given.
He said that there was urgent need to review the current
laws and introduce new ones so as to protect the water body.
He further said that they wanted fines imposed on poachers
increased from the current maximum of KES 20,000 to KES 100,000.
“Under the new law, the eco-tourism boats will have to be
registered, get new licenses and be insured,” he said.
The senior officer said that they were working with the
Nakuru County assembly to introduce new and stringent by-rules against poachers
annual fishing ban was lifted.
On his part, the chairman of the committee David Mbau
Ndirangu said that the county government would be blamed for having lifted the
He noted that an earlier attempt by some fishermen and
fisheries officers to deal with the poachers had been met with forced
resistance leading to injuries.
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