Inland

INLAND AND RIVERINE FISHERIES DIVISION

1.0 ABOUT US

The Division is mandated to provide for the exploration, exploitation, utilization, management, development, and conservation of the fisheries resource in fresh water resources.

The fresh water resources under our mandate are Lakes, Dams and Rivers

The principal statutes that regulate and govern all fisheries activities in the Division are the Fisheries Act Cap 378 (revised 2012), the subsidiary legislation and relevant regulations from other institution.  The inland and riverine division contributes immensely to improvement of the fisher communities’ livelihood in the country.

The Division contributes to the Economic, Social and Political Pillars of Vision 2030 by:

  1. Contributing to National food security and therefore social stability, which is vital for sustainable development.
  2. Providing employment and incomes to the communities indirectly, by ensuring sustainable management of the resources.
  3. Transforming the country into an industrialization one by providing raw material for animal feed, pharmaceutical, and processing industries

2.0 CORE FUNCTIONS

  1. Development of policies and strategies guiding sustainable utilization of the Inland fisheries resources;
  2. Sustainable management and utilization of inland and Riverine fisheries; see brief on major fresh water fisheries resources and production 2011 to 2013
  • Promotion of co-management in the management of Inland capture fisheries resources;
  1. Fisheries regulatory access licensing; see procedures of issuance of licences
  2. Development of management plans for major fisheries including trans-boundary fisheries;
  3. Collaboration with KMFRI and other research bodies in fisheries research and Development;
  • Establishment of  Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) system and standard operating procedures for the management of Inland fisheries resources; see procedures for resource monitoring and control
  • Domestication of regional and international fisheries management standards for shared fisheries resources;
  1. Harmonization of co-management in Inland capture fisheries resources;
  2. Development of fisheries training and extension packages;
  3. Coordination of donor projects and programmes in Inland fisheries resources; and
  • Coordination and supervision of national BMU networks

3.0 PROGRAMMES /PROJECTS

 Promote co-management of fisheries resource

  • This involves building of capacity for beach management units through training on data collection, fisheries regulation and fish quality control.
  • The programme also entails evaluation of the training impact on BMU administration and fisheries co-management.
    • Enhancement of fish stocks in natural water systems
  • The project involves stocking /restocking of depleted water bodies and sensitization on good practices in management of fresh water bodies.
  • This involves identification, demarcation and protection of fisheries critical habitats
    • Strengthen MCS enforcement of inland fisheries unit
  • This involves control of fishing efforts, frame survey is conducted biannually and fisheries census data generated which guides the management of the resource.
  • Increase compliance with fisheries legislation through sensitizations and enforcement.
    • Promote ecosystem approach to fisheries management
  • This involves development of fisheries management plans.

 

4.0 SERVICES OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC

  • Regulation of fishing effort
  • Sensitization of the community on fisheries resource management and development
  • Capacity building
  • Resource surveying
  • Stocking /Restocking of water bodies
  • Promotion of co- management
  • Information dissemination of research finding
  • Fisheries resource Conflict resolution

To regulate fishing effort the division issues various licenses

Licenses to applicants are as per the following schedule

No

Service Provided

Fee charged

Service Points

Service Hours

1

Fishermen’s license

200

Nairobi, Kisumu, Lodwar

Daily

8.00 am-5pm

2

Boat Registration

200

 Nairobi, Kisumu, Lodwar      

Daily

8.00 am-5pm

3

Private Mark Registration

300

Nairobi, Kisumu, Lodwar      

Daily

8.00 am-5pm

4

Private mark renewal

100

Nairobi, Kisumu, Lodwar      

Daily

8.00 am-5pm

5

Registration of sport fishing clubs

1500

Nairobi, Kisumu, Lodwar      

Daily

8.00 am-5pm

These services are available from the following locations:

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Headquarters’ at Kilimo House Nairobi
  • State Department of Fisheries Inland and Riverine division at NHIF building 13th floor
  • National Office in Kisumu and Turkana
  • Fisheries County

 5.0 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Gear development- There is great opportunity in gear development both in Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana. Some of the areas investments are
  • Production of artificial fishing flies lures and hooks
  • Production of live baits
  • Production of fishing apparel
    1. Sports and recreation development- This is an industry that requires heavy investment for the equipment used are very expensive. The areas of investment are:
  • Development of Kenya recreational fisheries to international standards
  • Marketing of sport fishing to locals as an alternative and healthy leisure activity
  • Development of accommodation facilities, selling /leasing of fishing equipment
  • Educating of landowners on benefit of preserving their rivers/lakes
  1. Production of ice for fish preservation more than 4,000 fishing craft operate both in lake Vitoria and Turkana and to keep their catches fresh they require ice for preservation.
  2. Fishing technology transfer, education and research

 

PROCEDURES FOR ISSUANCE OF FISHERIES LICENSES
1. Issurance of Local fishing vessel license
This applies to any person catching or assisting in catching fish in Kenyan fishery waters
(1) This procedure starts with an application for a license for a local fishing vessel in the prescribed form (Form DF/A1) to the fisheries officer designated by the Director to receive the application
(2) Upon receipt of an application under subsection (1) a fisheries officer shall vet and approve the application within seven working days and either approve or reject.
(3) On approval and payment of the prescribed fee the Director shall issue a licence for the local fishing vessel. A licence issued under this section shall be subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by or under the fisheries Act or as may be endorsed upon the licence by the issuing officer.
2. Issurance of a fisherman license
This applies to any person catching or assisting in catching fish in Kenyan fishery waters
(1) The procedure starts with an application for a fishing license in the prescribed form (Form DF/A1) to a licensing officer designated by the Director to receive the application
(2) Upon receipt of an application under subsection (1) a licensing officer shall vet the application and shall either approve or reject within seven working days.
3) On approval and payment of the prescribed fee the licensing officer shall issue a fisherman license. A license issued under this section shall be subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by or under the fisheries Act or as may be endorsed upon the license by the issuing officer.
(4) Any licensing officer may without disclosing any person, refuse to issue any license or permit required under these Regulations and where such refusal is made by a licensing officer other than the Director, the licensing officer shall report every case in writing detailing reasons for refusal to the Director.
(5) Any person aggrieved by the decision of the licensing officer may, within thirty days of communication to him of such refusal, appeal in writing to the Director.
(6) The Director may confirm, vary or reverse the decision and shall accordingly issue instructions to the licensing officer.
(1) The Director may suspend or cancel a license if he determines: – that such a suspension is necessary for proper management of the fishing industry for such period as he deems fit in the whole or in Specified parts of the country
3. Procedure for boat registration
1) Any person requiring a certificate of registration under shall apply in writing to a licensing officer on the appropriate form as set out in the First Schedule or in such other form as the Director shall specify.
2) Upon receipt of an application under subsection (1) a licensing officer shall vet the application and shall either approve or reject within seven working days.
3) On approval and payment of the prescribed fee the licensing officer shall issue a boat registration licence .

Procedure for resource monitoring and control

  1. This procedure starts with the patrol leader requesting for authority from the Tasking officer (Director of Fisheries) to carry out a patrol, based on intelligence information available.
  2. The Tasking officer shall approve/reject the request depending on the practicability of the exercise and availability of resources within three days.
  3. On approval the Tasking officer shall provide the necessary logistics for the exercise within two days.
  4. The patrol team headed by the patrol leader shall carry out a patrol exercise in accordance with the standard Operating procedures (SOP) for patrol
  5. The patrol team shall vet all exhibits that shall be impounded linking them with suspects in cases of arrest.
  6. Suspects are then booked at the nearest police station and arraigned in a court of law within twenty four hours (24hrs).
  7. In the case of no arrest, the seized fishing gear are booked in the Department Occurrence book and stored awaiting preparations of court orders authorizing disposal
  8. The patrol leader shall then fill a patrol report form and submit his/her report to the Fisheries officer within two days
  9. The  fisheries officer shall prepare a report for performance of the area within three days.