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Fish processing and distribution in Kenya
Nzioka, R. M. (1986). Fish processing and distribution in Kenya. Kenya Aquat. 3: 53-60
In: Kenya Aquatica. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute: Mombasa. ISSN 2077-432X, more

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  • Nzioka, R. M.

Abstract
    Kenya has a potential to land 150,000 metric tonnes of fish annually worthy U.S. $ 50 million. The present annual fish landed is about 50,000 metric tonnes worth U.S. $16.7 million. Some of the fishing areas are near the main urban centres and fish landed is disposed of fresh. However, due to preservation and communication difficulties, fish from areas that are far from population centres are processed. About 5% of the annual total catch is processed; as salted, sun-dried, smoked, chilled, frozen and filleted and as fish meal. Fish processing is largely dominated by traditional methods of curing. Curing by smoking is the most widely practised method. Sun-drying without salting is widely practised inland while in the coastal areas sun-dried fish is salted. There is lack of adequate preservation facilities such as freezing and cold storage in the main fishing areas. However, steps are being taken by the Government to improve the various fish landing facilities by installation of ice plants and cold storage facilities in the main centres. Fish is transported to the urban area in refrigerated trucks or in ice boxes.

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