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Government warns of declining fish stocks due to illegal fishing – KBC

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Government officials have warned that the fishing industry near Lake Naivasha could collapse in the next four months due to an increase in illegal fishing visas.

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Naivasha sub-county commissioner Mutua Kisilu said Lake Naivasha was under threat from an influx of illegal fishermen in the past one year but the government was determined to protect the fishing industry from illegal gangs involved in illegal activities.

A special unit set up to patrol Lake Naivasha set fire to illegal fishing gear worth more than one million shillings that had been recovered from the Kihoto area.

Led by Naivasha sub-county commissioner Mutua Kisilu the unit revealed that the lake was under threat from an influx of illegal fishermen for the past year.

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The rapid decline of fish caught near the troubled lake is believed to be exacerbated by the use of monofilament nets.

Mutua however was quick to warn that the State was ready to protect the fishing industry from illegal gangs that were involved in illegal fishing.

Addressing reporters after burning illegal fishing gear, Naivasha sub-county superintendent Samuel Wamae said the Nakuru county government was committed to supporting the fishing industry near the lake which is a source of employment for more than 60,000 people.

According to the Wamae Nakuru County government it has pushed more than 100,000 vessels into the lake but the young fish faced challenges due to the use of reduced nets.

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