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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Alarm over trawling on Kenyan waters
Illegal fishing by foreign trawlers on Kenyas exclusive economic zone along the Indian Ocean is raising concern among stakeholders as it emerges that regulators are poorly equipped to deal with the problem.
Stakeholders say the regulators 'the Kenya Maritime Authority and the Fisheries department' appear to be working at cross purposes with little co-ordination, delaying the drafting of policies that would lead to higher utilisation of the EEZ by investors.
Illegal fishing in the zones ends up denying the country foreign exchange that can be ploughed into poverty alleviation programmes and create employment.Kenyas EEZ covers an area of 143,100 square kilometres but only five per cent of it is being exploited by citizens.
The zone is provided under international agreements giving Kenya rights to for exploration, exploitation, conservation and management of marine natural resources therein without interference from any other state.
Lack of policy, legal framework for marine fishing, incapacity of the fisheries department and logistical challenges have all combined to restrict exploitation of the vast resource.
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