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Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Environment Governanance for Socio-economic Benefits
by Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, State Department for Fisheries & the Blue Economy, (Government)
Objective is to ensure sustainable fisheries resources in Kenya through strengthening of the oceans governance and protection of environment
Kenya’s commitment to SDG 14

The government of Kenya is committed to promote sustainable fisheries management, development and conservation and protection of the environment through strengthened governance and value addition.
1. Review and alignment of policy (National Oceans and Fisheries Policy), regulation to international and regional fisheries conservation, management and development agreements and protocols and the relevant National laws
2. Strengthen capacity for research in fisheries and aquaculture
3. Strengthen the Blue economy platform for sustainable development of the blue spaces
4. Enhance fight against Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. This will specifically entail:
a. Ratification of the Port State Measures Agreement
b. Undertake institutional reforms to address strengthen monitoring control and surveillance systems to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
c. Enhance cooperation at national and regional level in research and management by conducting joint stock assessment surveys, information and joint patrols and information sharing
d. Operationalize the vessel monitoring system and training of personnel in application of the VMS and AIS
e. Capacity building for data capture, analysis and interpretation.
f. Build capacity for on-board and port inspections and inter-agencies
5. Sensitization of domestic flag states on international obligations
a. Build capacity of small scale fishers by
b. providing skills and promotion of improved fishing and value addition technology and clean energy
c. Development of blue directory of fishers and strengthen them into associations with capacity for management, investments and advocacy for targeted interventions for small scale fishing
6. Encourage aquaculture and mariculture and implementation of climate –smart aquaculture strategy
7. Development of priority fisheries improvement programs
8. Strengthen co-management by_
a. developing and implementation of fisheries and community co-management area protected management plans an o the management plans.
b. Review of the co-management guidelines
c. Improvement of fish landing stations by provision of basic fisheries related infrastructure to reduce post harvest, markets and enhance value addition
9. Protection of environment through
10. Implementation of the ban on use of plastics
11. Adoption of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management
12. Ecolabeling and priority fisheries improvement program
Development of verifiable indicators for targets
Governance mechanisms: state department for fisheries and the Blue Economy, the Kenya Fisheries Service to give timely progress reports
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Updates to voluntary commitment
July 2017
Policy and Regulations aligned to SDG
July 2018
integrated Kenya Blue Economy Developement
September 2017
Fishers Blue Book
In-kind contribution
an offshore reserach vessel
Staff / Technical expertise
marine scientists, fisheries managers and inspectors
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - June 2030
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Government) Ministry of Transport ( State Department of Shipping and Maritime Services (Government) African Union Inter African Bureau For Animal Resources (Intergovernmental)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Susan Imende, Interim Director General , susanimende@yahoo.com, +254722827208
Nairobi, Kenya , Africa
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