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Locals suffer as foreign fishers pilfer stocks in Kenyan waters by Protus Onyango September 21,2021   |  Source: The Standard

Poor governance, government’s willingness to do business with foreigners, and inadequate fishing gear continue to hurt local fishing communities at the Coast as foreigners fish out Kenya’s stocks.

Experts blame outdated laws, poor infrastructure and unfair implementation of laws guiding fishing at the coast as some of the main barriers that hinder optimum fishing.

According to recent census data, the six coast counties of Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu and Taita Taveta have a population of 4.3 million, who mainly depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

But the impoverished locals have nothing to show for their toil and feel that government is dragging its feet to help them earn more money from fishing.

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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