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Fisheries department confiscates 2,000 nets, boats in Lake Naivasha

17 September 2014, 22:54 Chepkwony Robert

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 after the
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 annual ban.

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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