Turkana fishermen decry declining fish stocks

By KBC Reporter/KNA

Fish stocks in Lake Turkana have steadily been decreasing in recent months threatening the livelihoods of locals who have been relying on fishing as a way of life.

The decrease in fish stocks has been attributed to the drying up of parts of Lake Turkana due to dams built on Ethiopia’s River Omo which supplies water to the lake.

Fishing has been a way of life there for centuries, thanks to the riches of Lake Turkana. But now the locals are finding it hard to provide for their families using the lake as their only resource

Fisheries expert Evans Lomodei is convinced Lake Turkana could benefit the entire country given the right investment.

But his immediate concern is that it is drying up due to construction of dams on River Omo, which is the main source of water for Lake Turkana.

Turkana Senator John Munyes says the sharing of River Omo waters with Ethiopia which has now introduced commercial agriculture is a bilateral issue that needs to be addressed.

Another problem facing fishermen at Lake Turkana is that they are not able to hire well equipped boats that can go deeper which limits their catch to small fish that they end up selling at a throw away price.

Lake Turkana has grown to be a tourist destination for those interested in fishing expeditions.

  

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