United Nations
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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Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Cleaner production
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
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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