The fishing sector in Kilifi and Kwale Counties may be strengthened further after the Japanese government provided Sh88-million for rehabilitation of coral reefs along the coastal Indian Ocean.
According to Mr. Jalvas Mwaura, a researcher at the KEMFRI marine research organization, many coral reefs have been destroyed along the sea by fishermen who fish disorderly in large numbers.
Speaking during the launch of Kilifi coral project at Mnarani club in Kilifi County Tuesday, Mr. Mwaura said the depletion of corals had led to a significant decline in the number of fish in the sea.
He said the project will improve the coral reefs by restoring fragile ecosystem thus increase fish numbers and improve unprotected illegal fishing along the Ocean.
“The project will improve the management of coral reef fisheries both for restoration and protection of ecosystem. It will also develop partnership with relevant programmes,” he said.
Kilifi County commissioner Kutswa Olaka welcomed the project saying it will go a long way in improving lives of hundreds of fishermen who have been going to the sea but achieving less fish from the sea.
by Harrison Yeri