Beth Wagude, CEO of
Kenya Fish Processors and Exporters Association told Xinhua in
Nairobi that production will remain the same as last year due to
lack of new investments in financing and expertise in the
“The bulk of the
production will be from inland waters such as Lake Victoria,”
Wagude said during the Blue Economy Conference underway in
The event that runs
until Wednesday was convened by Kenya and co-hosted by Canada
and Japan and has attracted over 11,000 delegates from 180
countries including heads of states and government.
Wagude added that
due to low production, the country is a net importer of fish.
She noted that cage
farming where cages are put in lakes and dams is now the fastest
growing sector of the fishing industry.
The CEO said that
the marine fisheries sector remains largely untapped as the
country produced 8,000 metric tons against a potential of
350,000 metric tons.
Wagude said that the
intergovernmental body Indian Ocean Tuna Commission has allowed
Kenya to have 72 fishing vessels along its Indian Ocean Coast
currently only has three vessels at the Indian Oceans due to
high cost of trawlers,” she said.
Wagude revealed that
the government has licensed a number of foreign vessels to fish
on its exclusive economic zone that extends 200 nautical miles
from the shoreline.
In order to expand
the fishing processing industry Wagude said that Kenya has put
in place a law to require that 30 percent of all fish captured
in the oceans are processed locally but the law is yet to be