|National objectives: fisheries|
(1986). National objectives: fisheries. Kenya Aquatica, 3. KMFRI: [s.l.]. 1-5 pp.
Part of: Kenya Aquatica. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute: Mombasa. ISSN 2077-432X, more
Kenya has considerable fisheries potential which is indicated by the presence of over 10,000 km of lakes, mostly fresh water, and a coastline of 640 km. In addition to these, there are numerous fish bearing rivers, streams and several thousand fish ponds. It is estimated that there is a potential to land 150,000 metric tons of fish yearly. The forecast for 1983 fish landing is about 50,000 metric tons. Clearly, fisheries potential is highly underutilized. This is significant especially when viewed together with the high rate of malnutrition due to protein deficiencies. Furthermore, Kenya is a net importer of fish and fish products in terms of volume. Marine fisheries is the least developed. Currently it constitutes only 10%of the fish landed. There is great room for improvement here as marine fisheries represent half the country's potential. The main constraints to fisheries development appear to be technological, financial, social and cultural. Future development should take all these into consideration. The potential which exists in fisheries calls for increased attention in government's development objectives.