“Blue economy is the optimum and sustainable use of maritime and marine resources for economic growth and social development. It incorporates the main aspects of fisheries and aquaculture, maritime transport, extractive industries, culture, tourism leisure and lifestyle, biotechnology and offshore energy”.
The Director of KMFRI Prof. James Njiru is hosting a high power delegation comprising of the Chief of Defence Forces of Kenya- General Samson Mwathethe who is also the Chair of Kenya’s Blue Economy Committee, PS Shipping and Maritime Affairs - Mrs Nancy Karigithu, PS Fisheries and the Blue Economy - Prof. Micheni Ntiba and various Directors and Heads of partner agencies of KMFRI.
The trending colour at KMFRI for the next two days is Ocean Blue as the Institute welcomes partners to participate in unpacking the concept of the Blue Economy (BE). As part of the activities, invited delegates are addressing maritime issues in relation to BE, maritime and shipping, legal issues of the BE, mariculture, fisheries management and progress attained in the development of BE through its implementation Committee since its inception.
In September 2016, HE the President accented to the new expanded Fisheries Management and Development Act, which incorporated BE aspects. General Mwathethe was appointed to Chair the BE Committee estsablished through a Presidential Executive Order. The Committee was tasked to create operational plans and the framework to fully develop and sustainably exploit resources of the BE.
The BE committee has so far conceptualised how to enhance the role of fisheries, maritime transport services, the framework for beach management and institutional regulation as well as capacity building strategies.
It is envisaged that through linkage with BE, some of the successful outcomes from KCDP in capacity building for the local youth will be enhanced and mariculture activities such as seaweed farming in Shimoni will be scaled to commercial level.
By Melckzedeck K. Osore