NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is developing a policy that will enable the
country to expand its marine fisheries industry on its coastal
waters, officials said on Friday.
in Maritime and Shipping Affairs Nancy Karigithu told a business
forum in Nairobi that in 2016 the marine fisheries sector
yielded 9,134 metric tons out of an annual potential of 350,000
"The Marine Resource Exploitation Strategy and Policy will
create a strong regulatory framework that will help Kenya to
expand its marine fisheries sector," Karigithu said when
Barclays Bank Kenya launched its marine cargo insurance policy.
Kenya has a 600 kilometer coastal strip along the Indian
Ocean where marine resources like fish and mangroves are
The new marine resources policy will also help to develop a
special economic zone for fish processing and value addition.
Karigithu said that Kenya’s fisheries sector contributes less
than one percent to the Gross Domestic Product.
"The country’s inland waters including lakes and rivers
generate more fish output as compared to the marine fisheries,"
The PS noted that Kenya’s coastline is very rich in fisheries
but production is hampered by technical and human resources
She noted that the bulk of marine fishing is carried out on a
small scale while illegal fishing by foreign fishing vessels is
"In order to increase marine fisheries catch there are plans
to use technology to help the local fisherfolk identify fishing
zones in the vast ocean waters," said the PS.