Marine

WELCOME TO THE DIVISION OF MARINE AND COASTAL FISHERIES (DMC)

About us

The Marine and Coastal Fisheries Division is responsible for the sustainable management of marine and coastal fisheries resources.

Kenya’s marine capture fishery is composed of artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial fisheries. The artisanal fishing fleet land about 9,000 M tons of fish against a potential of about 154,000 M ton of tuna and other commercial fisheries. The artisanal fishermen have limited fishing technology for semi-industrial and industrial fisheries in deep waters which are currently exploited by foreign industrial fishing vessel.

The Republic of Kenya has a coastline of 680km long, with the seawater area of 244,800 km2, comprising of 14,700km2 of territorial water, and 230,112 km2 of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The northern parts of the EEZ are part of Somalia currents upwelling and rich tuna fishery grounds in the South West Indian Ocean. The potential of the territorial waters is estimated at 17,000 tonnes and the EEZ at 154,000 tonnes.

Functions of Marine and Coastal Fisheries Division include:-

  1. Ensure sustainable management and utilization of coastal and marine fisheries.
  2. Ensure recovery of overexploited stocks to sustainable levels to secure the livelihoods that depend on these resources;
  3. Taking measures to ensure that fishing impacts on the ecosystems are minimized.
  4. Build effective fisheries management system including institutional frameworks that ensures compliance to the set fisheries management standards.
  5. Promote the development of fisheries value chain infrastructure to ensure production of quality, efficient and competitive fishery products such as designated ports and cold chain facilities
  6. Strengthening of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) for the management of marine fisheries resources.
  7. Ensure optimal and sustainable benefits from marine and coastal fisheries

Services and Licenses offered to the Public

  1. Processing of local fishing crafts licenses/permits
  2. Processing of foreign fishing vessel licenses (purse seiners and long liners
  3. Information dissemination

 PROCEDURES FOR ISSUANCE OF MARINE FISHERIES LICENSES

  • Issuance of foreign fishing vessel license

This applies to foreign fishing vessels (purse seiners and long liners) that intend to fish in Kenya’s EEZ.

  1. This procedure shall start with the applicant applying for a foreign fishing Vessel License to the Director of Fisheries (DOF).
  2. The DOF shall acknowledge receipt of the application to the applicant within two working days after receipt
  3. The DOF in liaison with Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) will carry out inspection on the vessel to assess compliance with national and international fisheries and maritime requirements.
  4. The DOF will convene a Special Departmental Licensing committee (DLC) to consider the application within 7 working days from the date of the receipt of the application.
  5. If the application is approved the DOF shall inform the applicant to pay the License fee.
  6. The DOF shall issue a foreign fishing vessel license to the applicant within three days upon receipt of the payment. If the application is rejected, the DOF shall communicate to the applicant within three days.
  • Issuance of fishermen license

This applies to local fishermen that intend to fish in Kenya’s marine internal waters.

  1. This procedure shall start with the fisherman submitting an application form in the prescribed format to the Beach Management Unit (BMU).
  2. The BMU will consider the application and forward the recommendations to the DOF.
  3. The DOF will convene a Departmental Licensing committee (DLC) to consider the application.
  4. If the application is approved the DOF shall inform the applicant through the BMU to pay the applicable fee.
  5. Upon payment of the applicable fee the DOF shall issue a fisherman’s license.
  6. If the application is rejected, the DOF shall communicate to the applicant through the BMU.
  • Registration of local fishing vessel

This applies to local fisherman or vessel owner who intend to fish in Kenya’s marine internal waters.

  1. This procedure shall start with the fisherman/ vessel owner submitting an application form in the prescribed format to the Beach Management Unit (BMU).
  2. The BMU will consider the application and forward the recommendations to the DOF.
  3. The DOF will convene a Departmental Licensing committee (DLC) to consider the application.
  4. If the application is approved the DOF shall inform the applicant through the BMU to pay the applicable vessel registration fee.
  5. Upon payment of the applicable fee the DOF shall issue a local fishing vessel permit.
  6. If the application is rejected, the DOF shall communicate to the applicant through the BMU.

These services are available from the following locations:

  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries State Department of Fisheries (SDF)- Head quarters at Kilimo House Nairobi-P.O Box 58187 – 00200 Nairobi, email-psfisheries@kilimo.go.ke
  • The Division of Marine and Coastal Fisheries at our Head office at Museum hill- P.O Box 58187 – 00200 Nairobi
  • The Mombasa National Fisheries Office: P.O Box 90423 – 80100, Mombasa pdfcoast@gmail.com; Tel/fax 020 2408080

Recent Programs and Projects accomplished

  • The Marine artisanal Fisheries Frame Survey (July 2012).
  • Kenya Coastal Development Project (K.C.D.P) developed in conjunction with Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI).
  • Renovation of Shimoni Fisheries jetty with funds from the Ministry of Public Works commenced on 8th of August 2013 and is going on.
  • Procurement of the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) (ongoing)
  • Development of Lobster Management Plan
  • Initiation of the Ring Net Fishery Management Survey
  • Installation of Vessel Monitoring System

Potential areas of investment in Marine and Coastal fisheries include:

  • Industrial fishing port at Lamu with fish port infrastructure (including dry dock, quay and service provider needs)
  • Artisanal fishing infrastructures (cold storage and jetties) in riparian counties
  • Fish auction markets at the coast
  • Fisheries laboratory to support products development and testing