Small-scale fishing has taken place on Kenya’s coast for centuries. However today, the productivity and biodiversity of its marine fisheries are in decline. Recent population growth has increased the pressure on the coastal resources, while the cultural traditions that helped guard against overfishing have been eroded through social change and economic migration. In addition, many fishers use destructive techniques such as fine-meshed net, lacking the information and savings needed to invest in more sustainable alternatives. Fishing communities would be able to make more of their catch if they had better marketing techniques and storage facilities.
Tourism has restricted access to beach landing sites, and in many areas access to local markets to sell the fish is limited by poor infrastructure. Eco Ethics is working with local groups to address these issues. Please read about our on-going fisheries infrastructure improvement project.