Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock
An innovative, commercially oriented and modern fisheries, livestock and co-operative development sector.
To bring socio-economic development to the people of Lamu through competitive Fisheries, Livestock and Co-operative sector that will employ innovative and modern methods, techniques and technologies to improve productivity. Fishing is the main economic activity for the residents of the Island. The fishing ground cover 3100 km2 of territorial market water surface extending from Dareslaam in Kiunga to Ras Teweni fresh water.Fishing is also carried out in the main land.Under fish pond programmes and ox-bow lakes and water masses along the Tana River delta.There are rich fish species in the county,among them 5 turtle species,150 reed fish species, 6 dolphine species and 183 species of hard coral fish.There are 40 fishing grounds that produce 1500 metric tones annually. This production is however very low considering the huge potential.This is caused by poor fishing equipment.Short fishing is also carried out around the tourist hotels of Kisangundi,Manda and Shella Islands.
75 % of communities in lamu depend either Directly or indirectly in fishing . Therefore the fishing industry is the major economic back bone in the county. The annual fish production for the county is estimated as 2500MT valued at 180million to the fisher The Estimated potential of the fish industry is 30,000 MT valued at 6 Billion within a coastline of 144km and 200 nautical miles EEZ The fish industry employs approximately 10,000 fisher folk (directly or indirectly) there fore contributing greatly to the county’s GDP Combined pressure on mangrove and fishery resource therefore presents a challenge to local fishing community’s food security. Lamu Enjoys the greatest Mangrove cover in the coast of Kenya ( 75%) Lamu therefore benefits a lot from mangrove services (pollution control, fish breeding grounds.e.t.c) The lamu islands are vastly surrounded by heavy thickets of mangrove which is utilized for building and onshore fishing save for a few traditional keepers who produce very little honey Another key livelihood is livestock production especially bee keeping and local poultry production (kuchi) The estimated annual production for honey 100 MT value at ksh 6M. Wax 10 MT valued at ksh 2M Eggs 5000 valued at ksh 500,000 However the full potential of these livelihoods have not been tapped.
- Destructive fishing methods
- Limited livelihood opportunities for the coastal communities.
- Low capacity of the communities to tap the potential of the Livelihood
- Degraded fisheries due to corroded corals and destructed fish breeding ground as a result of Mangrove over exploitation for wood and non – wood products. This overbuilt pressure on the fisheries is due to lack of alternative livelihoods for the fishing communities and inability to harness offshore fisheries. General objective The county is in the process of creating conducive and enabling environment for socio-economic development by embracing modern livestock husbandry and creating livestock infrastructure such as auction yard, crushes, dips and disease free zone to support the livestock sub-sector. With respect to the fisheries sub-sector, modern fishing gears, landing sites and harbors will be provided. Similarly, existing and dormant co-operatives are being revived to harness savings and financial facilities and develop markets for the sector’s output and products.