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Signing the fishing bill into law | Coastweek

Coastweek-- President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by his Deputy William Ruto, Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho, Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi and the County’s Executive officer in charge of Agriculture and Lands Anthony Njaramba [right] signs the fishing bill into law at the port of Mombasa last Saturday. This was during the official commissioning of the first phase of the Mombasa Port Second Container terminal at the port of Mombasa. PHOTO BY PWANI IMAGE

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs new Fisheries Management law

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Fisheries Management and Development Bill to ensure equitable use of marine resources.

Kenyatta said in a statement on Sunday that the Fisheries Management and Development Act 2016 provides for the conservation, management and development of fisheries and other aquatic resources to enhance the livelihood of communities that depend on fishing.

The new law also gives guidance on the import and export trade of fish and fish products, fish quality and safety among other provisions.

It also establishes the Kenya Fisheries Services and the Kenya Fisheries Advisory Council.

"Functions of the Kenya Fisheries Services include ensuring the appropriate conservation, development of standards on management, sustainable use and protection of the country’s fisheries resources," the statement said.

President Kenyatta said the new law will ensure that the country’s marine resources are used for the benefit of Kenyans, especially coastal residents.

"With this law in place, we are able to protect our marine resources from exploitation by other nationals at the expense of our people," he said.

The Kenyan leader said the new law will also help the country to utilize the blue economy to create jobs for Kenyan youth.

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Tanzania in new strategy to boost fight against illegal fishing

ARUSHA (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on Wednesday announced a plan to go a step further in its fight against illegal fishing activities, which destroy fish breeding sites and have led to a serious reduction of fish stock in the Indian Ocean.

Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said that environmental experts will be sent to the southern part of the country to assess the damage done to the environment so far as a result of illegal fishing activities and thereafter introduce new measures to end the problem.

She said the government is determined to end illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean for the sustainability of the fishing population and industry.

According to her, the Indian Ocean represents an important source of income and employment for millions of Tanzanians living along the coastline.

“Our ocean is the main source of our incomes, and our incomes are our lives... so if we don’t use the ocean wisely, our lives will be in trouble,” she said. 

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