A two-day forum on tuna fisheries kicks off in Mombasa to address a
decline in its catch.
The Coastal East Africa Initiative (CEA-NI) is supporting Community
Action for Nature Conservation Organisation (Canco) and the East
African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) to ensure sustainable fisheries
management and improved governance.
Canco Director Hadley Becha told Move It that the workshop would
provide a platform to initiate and establish a voice for Civil Society
Organisation (CSO) in Kenya on Tuna fisheries issues.
The CSO’s representation has been drawn from all coastal counties with
a marine front from Lamu, Tana Delta, Malindi, Kilifi, Mombasa and
The Mombasa meeting, Becha added, will provide an opportunity for the
organisations to have a broader understanding of tuna issues in the
Western Indian Ocean region and Kenya. He said the meeting will
provide an excellent opportunity for CSOs to influence the development
and implementation of tuna management interventions.
The fisheries sector in Kenya is a major source of export revenue and
an important provider of local livelihood and economic well-being.
Becha said the export of tuna fish provides an important contribution
to foreign exchange revenue derived from fisheries.
Tuna fisheries contribute 13 per cent of the total fish export in
Kenya. It is second to Nile Perch, which contributes to eight per cent