Turkana County Fisheries Office
Turkana County Fisheries Office has raised concerns over the deteriorating income obtained from the fishing sector in Lake Turkana. Speaking during an exclusive interview with the press at Splash Guest House in Lodwar town, Mr. Michael Saina, the County Fisheries Officer said Lake Turkana has the capacity to enable the surrounding community harvest 25,000 metric tonnes of fish per annum if only it would use the appropriate fishing gears.
The fisheries officer further attributed last year’s decline in the fish harvest of 8,000 Metric tonnes which is an equivalent of 300 Million Kenya shillings, to the regular use of illegal fishing gears by the fishermen in Lake Turkana. Such practices, according to Saina, enable the fishermen acquire a lot of under-sized fish hence reducing the number of fish that survive to the ripe age for harvesting.
Echoing the same sentiments, the Vice Chairman, Lake Turkana Water Body Network, Mr. Onesmus Mepe Lolepo called on the fishermen to use the Size-5 fishing nets, authorized by the ministry of Fisheries, to avoid colluding with the law.
The ministry of fisheries is working hand in hand with other institutions within the county to see the realization of a rise in fish harvest in Lake Turkana.