Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

Details on total national fish catch Details for individual water bodies

Catches from Lake Victoria

  • 143,900 mt
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Catches from Lake Turkana

  • 4,560 mt
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Marine catches

  • 6,960 mt
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  • Potential : 1.14 mil ha
  • Yield : 11 mil t
  • Value : KShs 750 bil
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Exports from capture fisheries

A total of 18 506 tonnes of Kenya’s fish and fish products were exported in 2009. Fish and fish products exported included Nile perch fillets, fish maws, octopus, sharks, swordfish, crabs and fish skins. Export of Nile perch accounted for 87.4% of total fish exports and 84.73% of the total fish export earnings. Export of fish maws took 5.6% of total export quantity and 11.3% of total monetary value, while octopus contributed 2.4% in quantity and 3.2% of monetary value. Accounting for 4 420 tonnes, representing 45% of the total Nile perch exports; Israel was the preferred country of destination for this species.

Key facts
The fishery resources of Kenya contribute to the national economy through foreign exchange earnings, employment generation, food security support and rural development. Of Kenya’s 2014 estimated population of 44.9 million, the fisheries sector provides employment to 2 million and livelihood for at least 2.3 million people. The sector also brings in valuable foreign exchange to the government, earning some 0.5% of the Gross Domestic Product per annum.

Further, the thriving tourism industry based on the coral reefs in the important fishing ports of Malindi and Lamu in the Lamu Archipelago attracts revenue to the economy. There are currently over 1.6 million tourists visiting Kenya every year an appreciable percentage of whom are attracted by the recreational fishing.

The fisheries sector generates employment for more than 2,000,000 Kenyans through fishing, gear and craft repair, fish processing and distribution, and other related activities.

As at 2008, 80 000 people were directly engaged as fishers and fish farmers while the sector provided livelihoods for about 2.3 million Kenyans mainly involved in fish processing and trade.

(Source: FAO)