Vetting of fishermen to be issued with fishing licences at Lake Naivasha has kicked off. At least 40 fishermen groups in Naivasha Sub-County have been vetted in a bid to attain licences. The process kicked off on Thursday at the Sub-County chambers and aims to curb rampant illegal fishing activities at the Lake.
Recently, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, during a meeting with fishermen and traders, announced that an additional 80 fishermen will be issued with licences following a report by a task force. He said his administration will ensure sustainable use of the Lake that will also cater for the livelihoods of it’s dependants.
Naivasha Sub-County Fisheries Officer, Mr Nicholus Kagundu led the vetting process. “For a group to qualify, it must be legally registered, members must be Naivasha residents and all members must have been engaged in fishing activities,” said Mr. Kagundu.
Lake Naivasha Network team Secretary Ms Grace Kimani said the exercise will accord more youth an opportunity to earn a living. “We thank our Governor for giving us an opportunity to earn a living legally. So many youths are going to be employed following the release of these licenses,” she added.