In 2014, the Netherlands organized the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Embassies of the Netherlands in Kenya and Tanzania strongly believe that the Netherlands can contribute to unlocking the potential of both countries in food security. Therefore, the Netherlands is interested in further developing the marine fisheries sector. In the context of food security, the sustainable development of marine resources can contribute to more diverse and nutritious diets, in addition to creating new business opportunities.

Cross section of participants during the workshop

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya is hosted a workshop on Marine Fisheries in Kenya on 3rd February 2017 at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa.

The workshop which was opened by KMFRI Deputy Director Marine and Coastal Systems Dr. Renison Ruwa brings together a broad range of stakeholders and is aimed at sharing knowledge about the marine fisheries sector in Kenya, accumulated through research, policy and practice. The meeting is being attended by senior research officer from KMFRI, SDF and other stakeholders from the region. The delegation from Netherlands is led by Ms. Isabelle Vreeke.

The workshop focus on the following

  • Forum of discussion on the preliminary findings and analysis of the study
  • Experiences in the marine fisheries sector in Kenya
  • The National Masterplan for Fisheries
  • Opportunities for regional cooperation in managing fisheries

The leading Dutch Marine Research Institute of Wageningen University and Research centre (WUR) is conducting a study into the potential of Kenya's and Tanzania's marine fisheries sectors, at the request of the Embassy of the Netherlands in both countries. The objective of the study is to identify opportunities for Dutch investors, suppliers and partners in the marine fisheries value chain. Part of the study is a multi-stakeholder workshop to share and fine tune preliminary results of the mission.

The desired outcome is an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the marine fisheries sector in Kenya.