Officers from Kenya Coast Guard Services (KCGS) have destroyed illegal fishing nets worth Ksh 600,000 after obtaining a court order that allowed them to destroy the nets which were seized on different beaches within Homa Bay County.

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The illegal fishing nets were seized in an operation conducted by Kenya Coast Guard (KCG) officers in October 2020 to eradicate illegal fishing activities around Lake Victoria.

Fishermen casting out nets in one of the Homa Bay beaches
Fishermen casting out nets in one of the Homa Bay beaches

According to KCGS operation’s commander in charge of the inland squadron in Lake Victoria Captain Jotham Odera says the six illegal nets were recovered from 19 fishermen who were arrested and arraigned in court during the time of their operations last year.

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Speaking after burning the illegal fishing nets, captain Odera says the move is aimed to provide security in the LAKE VICTORIA and reduce the use of outlawed fishing gear which is still used by fishermen on various beaches along the lake region.

He continued to say that KCG services seek a court order to destroy the illegal gears after their owners were fined in court saying the nets are very destructive in the water of Lake Victoria because they capture fingerlings, under-size Nile Perch and Tilapia.

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He warns that the operation will continue in the counties around Lake Victoria namely, Kisumu, Homa-Bay and Migori, and Busia to weed out illegal practices in the Lake region.

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The KCG commander further reveals that the operation will be extended to fishermen and boat owners who are flouting water transport and fishing regulations in Lake Victoria by using unseaworthy boats and those going to the Lake without lifesaving gear.