[WILD_SEAS] Kenya: Trawling firms defy ban on fishing

From: wildnet (wildnet@ecoterra.net)
Date: Wed Nov 15 2000 - 16:48:19 EST


                Kenya: Trawling firms defy ban on fishing

                 By NATION Correspondent
                 Wednesday, November 15, 2000

                 Trawling firms continue to defy a Government ban and
operate in the prohibited
                 five nautical miles along the North Coastline, killing
numerous mature turtles.

                 Environmentalists and fishing communities claim that
more than five trawlers have
                 been fishing less than five nautical miles off the
Malindi, Watamu, Mayungu and
                 Ngomeni coast for the past two weeks despite the
government threat to cancel
                 the licences of defiant firms.

                 The protesting groups argue that trawling is
compromising conservation efforts.

                 The threat was issued a fortnight ago by Agriculture
Permanent Secretary Shem
                 Migot Adhola.

                 In a meeting with Prof Adhola, trawling firms promised
to respect the marine
                 conservation laws by fishing off the five nautical
miles.

                 Trawlers normally sweep across fishing grounds,
destroying nests and nets
                 carrying a heavy by-catch in their wake, which are
eventually thrown into the sea.

                 Small-scale fishermen off the Malindi coastline lose
nets worth up to Sh400,000
                 every month to trawlers.

                 Malindi fishermen want the Government to immediately
stop licensing trawlers in
                 Kenya's water due to their destructive activities.

                 A Watamu-based researcher, Mr Richard Zanre, said
several environmentalists
                 had reported sighting trawlers less than a nautical
mile off the shoreline.

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