Naivasha fishermen trained on COVID-19 prevention

Nakuru County Government amidst the COVID19 has come up with new guidelines in regard to fish handling and transportation to minimize the risk of infection and spread of the disease.

Through the fisheries directorate, sensitization is taking place in addition to ensuring adherence to the ministry of health rules. Moreover, masks will be distributed to fish farmers, traders, boat operators, fishermen, BMU members as well as staff.

During this period, the directorate impounded several boats caught illegally fishing at breeding areas in the last few days.

Livestock and Fisheries Chief Officer, Dr. Enos Amuyunzu, condemned the vice and said the County has intensified monitoring, control and surveillance activities in Lake Naivasha.

He said the county is also working with the Beach Management Unit to ensure BMU rules are followed and the lake is properly managed to avoid depletion of stock as well as curb overfishing.

In 2018, 48,542 illegal fishnets were caught in Lake Naivasha thus there have been community sensitization meetings on using proper fishing gear and the importance of abandoning the use of banned fishing gears and methods to reduce pressure on the Lake.

The department has also been restocking Lake Naivasha with fingerlings to ensure the sustainability of fish and business for both fishermen and fish traders.