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1. Sea Fisheries In Kenya

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The Kenyan Government, in 1928, invited Dr. Cecil von Bonde, Director of Fisheries in South Africa, to conduct a survey on the potential of sea fisheries in Kenyan waters, and to identify commercially trawlable areas. The Fisheries Survey Committee gave permission to hire the steam vessel Mvita but, again, there were difficulties getting the trawl aboard and the boat could only be used "in a dead calm sea and even then only with moderate success". The First National Development Plan contained 3 pages on fisheries with separate mention of inland fisheries, coastal inshore fisheries and plans for deep-sea fisheries. Government support consisted of setting up the Kenya Inshore Fisheries company to exploit the crustacean resources, improve marketing facilities and assist the fishers loan programme (Kenya 1969). The term fishery generally refers to the industry or occupation of catching, processing and selling finfish, shellfish and other aquatic organisms.

Keywords: Kenya; sea fisheries



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