The Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), the Kenya Coast Guard and Maritime Police have been deployed to Lake Naivasha as efforts to contain illegal fishing at the water body intensify.
The three authorities have been deployed to the vicinity after an upsurge of illegal activities around the area.
According to KMA acting Director-General John Omingo, the number of illegal fishermen in the lake poses a major threat to the water body.
Speaking in Naivasha during a safety compliance campaign the workshop, Omingo said the authority was keen to set up a permanent office in Nakuru to address the challenges facing regional lakes.
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“There is a big problem in Lake Naivasha and we are working with other stakeholders to make sure that the law is adhered to,” he said.
On his part, Captain Jathan Odero from the Kenya Coast Guards said that they would post several officers in Lake Naivasha to conduct frequent patrols at the water body.
Odero said that they were keen on streamlining operations around the lake following an invasion by tens of former flower farm workers in search of daily sustenance.
“We are working with KWS, the county government and other arms of the government and we are sure that the illegal activities will be a thing of the past,” he said.
He said that the Kenya Coast Guards were already working in Lakes Victoria, Turkana and Baringo with Naivasha and Nakuru being their next destinations.
Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association chair David Kilo welcomed the arrival of the Coast Guards terming the move as long overdue.