Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Security patrols in Lake Naivasha got a major boost recently after Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua commissioned four new speedboats to help in policing the public resource.
The governor officially unveiled MV Longonot, MV Suswa, MV Menengai and MV Ulinzi on November 4 2015, amid cheers and ululations, in front of a retinue of guests including officials from his office, County Assembly members, members of the press and the general public, underscoring the significance tied to security patrols in the lake by both the County Government and the fishing fraternity in Naivasha.
The patrol boats will be deployed for use in Karagita, Kamere, Tarambete and Central fish landing beaches.
“These patrol boats will be used for three things; to guard against illegal fishing, in search and rescue missions and in special missions such as introduction of fish fingerlings into the lake,” said Karagita Beach Management Unit Chairman, …. Kilo.
During the event, some 1000 fish fingerlings were introduced into the lake in a bid to replenish fish stock diminished by fishing activities. Officials noted that this exercise would be done regularly to guarantee sustainability of fishing.
Governor Mbugua said that the boats would be operated under supervision of the Gilgil and Naivasha Sub County Fisheries Officers in conjunction with the Beach Management Unit chairmen.
“These resources belong to fishermen, but I am instructing my officers to supervise their operation in partnership with the beach chairmen because it is an equal partnership,” he said.
At the same time, Governor Mbugua announced plans to build a KSh. 8 million fish processing, packaging and packing factory in the vicinity of Lake Naivasha to support value addition.
“Fishing is an important economic activity in Nakuru County. In 2014, there were 692 MT of fish harvested from Lake Naivasha worth some KSh. 68.4 million. From January to September 2015, fishermen have harvested 823.6 MT of fish with a total value of KSh. 97 million,” he said.
Governor Mbugua noted that, currently, there were 100 licensed fishing boats, 400 licensed fishermen and 500 approved fishing nets, underscoring the magnitude of fishing activities that were going on at Kenya’s second largest fresh water lake.