Over Depletion of Marine Resources
The Nation (Nairobi)
Posted to the web February 9, 2004
in Kilifi District have protested over the depletion of marine
resources and destruction of fishing grounds by trawlers in the
residents They accused the trawlers for operating inside the
restricted 10 Kilometers nautical miles in the Indian Ocean.
Central Division Co-operative Society chairman Emmanuel Yaah said
that the trawlers had destroyed fishing nets set by the local
said: "The decline in the catch has impoverished the local
fishermen and the community in general. If this is not stopped,
then the Government's programme to alleviate poverty in the area
Yaah said the trawlers also killed the dugongs and sea turtles
indiscriminately. He said the deaths of creatures was high during
trawlers use banned fishing gears, nets with small holes that
catch both the big and small fish apart from destroying the
breeding grounds in the ocean," he said.
the fishermen complained against a senior fisheries officer in the
area whom they accused of harassing them and demanding bribes.
more than 100 fishermen, who peacefully demonstrated from the
District Fisheries Officers to the Kilifi headquarters, demanded
the immediate removal of the officer.
claimed that fisheries officers in the area allowed fishermen from
a neighbouring country do fishing using the banned nets.
fishermen said the officers had dissolved the local Beach
Management Committees in order to divide the local fishermen so
that he could continue harassing them while they allowed in the
narrated an incident whereby the members of the local Beach
Management Committee arrested some foreign fishermen at Bofa area
and took them to the Kilifi police station the fisheries officer
went and asked the police officers not to charge them.
fishermen rejected the fisheries officers saying they did not want
to work with him saying his continuous stay in Kilifi might cause
clashes between them and the foreign fishermen doing fishing in
contacted for comments the District Fisheries Officer Mr J. K.
Wanyoike was said to have traveled outside the district.