New Technology Tracks Fish in Kenyan Lakes

Kenya

New technology has been launched in Kenya to track fish and assist fishermen identify fish-rich areas in Lakes Turkana, Baringo, Victoria and Naivasha.

According to researchers from the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KeMFRI), fishermen will now be able to track fish shoals using geographical information System Maps (GISM) in the four lakes, reports AfricaScienceNews.

Dr Oweke Ojwang,’ assistant director of Kenya Artificialists Research Institute says the satellite generated maps will enable stakeholders, policymakers and fishermen identify critical fish habitats, reduce resource use conflicts and show fish rich areas.

The Coordinator of Lake Baringo research expedition fisheries Water assessment Project (LABRE) Mr Jones Muli noted that the essence of the new technology is to take science to the mass by making maps that can be easily understood by both fish managers and conservationists.

Speaking to Africa Science News in Busia, Mr Muli further observed that Research is done to suitably manage fisheries, enhance fish production, improve livelihood and mitigate against poverty within Kenyan communities.

However, he pointed out that the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute lacks adequate funding to effectively carry out their activities across the country. Mr Muli challenged the government and other funding agencies towards marine activities to scale up their sponsorship to the research institution.

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