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Migori County Temporarily Bans Fishing of Omena

The County Government of Migori has banned the fishing of Omena (silver cyprinids) for a week to stem loss of the resource due to overfishing.

County Livestock and Fisheries Chief officer Elijah Gambere said they have put adequate measures to ensure that fishermen complied with the directive aimed at allowing the fish species to multiply rapidly during the fishing prohibition period.

Speaking in Migori town, the official explained that the number of Omena in the lake had reduced tremendously due to continuous harvesting that has been happening day and night.

Migori County Fishermen group chairman Julius Odhiambo confirmed their resolve to cooperate with the government to ensure Omena stock increase in the lake.

dhiambo noted that in future, Omena fishing would be allowed to happen only after 9pm after the nine-day ban period. The habit of laying traps day and night to harvest Omena would also be stopped and fishermen would only be allowed to use the right nets in the lake.

Lake Victoria is the fish resource hub in the region that earn the fisher folk and the country in general about Sh1 billion annually from fish sold locally and exported to foreign markets.

The shortage of the Omena species in the lake and subsequently in markets has led to a sharp rise in the prices of the fish species in Migori and far flung areas directly sourcing Omena from the lake.

According to available statistics, a 2kgs tin of Omena that cost Sh300 during the past one month is now trading at Sh500 in the local markets.

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