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
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.
Tanzania in new strategy to boost fight against illegal
(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.