Fisheries Department through its staff (30 Technical: Fisheries Officers, Fisheries assistants and Coxswains, and 8 support) is committed to provide high quality services to our clients’. The needs of clients are done with professionalism and transparency within the shortest time possible. The Department is divided in to Fish quality assurance, Capture fisheries and Aquaculture. Departmental staff are distributed along the western shores of Lake Turkana from Todonyang to Kerio. The Department has operational offices in Lake zone (Nachukui) ward, Kalokol ward, Kerio Delta Ward, Kangatosa (Eliye springs) Ward and Lodwar town. Management of Lake Turkana fishery is done through bottom top approach with 28 beach management units (BMUs). Apart from extension services, inspection and licensing, the department is also involved in fisher folk’s livelihood support by providing subsidized fishing gears to improve productivity.
- CORE VALUES
To be the lead department in management and development of fisheries sector
To facilitate sustainable management and development of fishery resource and products for accelerated social- economic development
- STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
- To create an enabling environment for fisheries development
- To increase productivity and outputs in fisheries sector
- To enhance county and country food and nutrition security
- Strengthen institutional capacity and enhance the role of youth PDA (PWDs) and women in fisheries industry
- To improve market access and trade
- Sustainable utilization of fisheries resources
- Fisheries policy development
The Department is involved in preparation of fisheries policy to ensure streamlined production.
- Revenue collection (Processing, trade, transporters etc.)
The department is involved in revenue collection from processors, transporters and traders for management purposes. Processing in the county is mainly centered in Kalokol town along the lake and Lodwar town.
- Fisheries development (Capture and Aquaculture)
To enhance food and nutrition security, the department is involved in various livelihood support. The department is in process of introduction aquaculture Katilu and Loima along river Turkwel, Nadoto along River Kerio and cage farming in the Lake. Introduction of aquaculture in the county aims at introducing an alternative source of food and pressure reduction on the Lake.
Out of the 48 documented fish species in Lake Turkana, 12 species are exploited commercially; Tilapia (Kokine), Nile Perch (Iji), Labeo horie (Chubule), Cat fish (Kopito), Distichodus niloticus (Golo), Alestes baremose (Juse) and Citharinus (Gech). Fish trading is done in major towns within the county, country (Kitale, Busia, Kisumu) and the region; Congo. Lake Turkana fishery supports 1,500 households directly and 1,100 households indirectly in the county. The Lake has a maximum sustainable yield (MSY) of 25, 000 metric tonnes annually but on average annual yield of 8 500 metric tons has been recorded. With an aim of improving livelihood, the county government has continued to provide support to the fishermen and traders. In the FY 2016/17 TCG procured 28 fibre glass boats (7 boats per ward) targeting raft fishers to improve productivity from the current 7- 10 Kg to 50 – 100 Kgs daily. In additions the boats will mitigate against wild life attacks (crocodiles). Table 2 is tabular presentation of projects initiated by the County Government to improve fish production and marketing. Other support includes:
S/No Activity Quantity Target area FY Impact 1 Gill nets 12661nets
25 BMUs 2014/15
2 Water safety gears 400 life jackets All BMUs 2016/17 Improved water safety 3 Dry fish stores 5 Lowarengak, Nachukui,
Reduced post-harvest losses and improve food safety 4 Patrol boats 2 Kalokol 2013/14 Improve water safety 6 Sanitation structure 4 toilets Choro,
2018/19 Improve fish food safety
- Fish safety and quality assurance
To ensure food fish safety and nutrition, the departmental staff are involved in daily inspection of landing sites, processing sites, transporting vessels, storage facilities, boat constructions and marketing Centres.
- BMU coordination
Turkana county has 28 registered BMUs operating from Todnyang to Kerio.
- Conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resource