Fishermen call for improvement of fishing infrastructure

Fishermen at Ombogo Beach in Kochia Ward, Rangwe Sub-County are calling on the local leaders to support fishing activities by improving the local infrastructure.

The Ombogo Beach Management Unit Networks (BMU) Chairperson, Peter Odhiambo said the newly opened beach lacks sanitation facilities, all weather roads and electricity factors that hamper fishing industry.

Odhiambo also lamented over widespread use of illegal fishing gears by some fishermen, which had led to overfishing, and also urged the fishermen to use standardized fishing nets that allow for the harvesting of mature fish only.

The BMU Secretary, David India Onuko urged the Fisheries Department to step up surveillance against the use of illegal fishing gear for sustainable exploitation of the lakes resources.

He cautioned fishermen against venturing into the lake during storms, which may lead to boats capsizing and resultant loss of lives.

The area MCA, Michael Ojala Nyang’i pledged to work closely with the fishing community and improve the local infrastructure.

Nyang’i said he will liaise with the County Government of Homa-Bay to open up a road leading to Ombogo beach and provide sanitation facilities among other significant services that may be needed.

Source: Kenya News Agency