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Strengthening the Blue Economy platform for sustainable development of the blue spaces in Kenya
by Kenya (Government)
Kenya's national commitment towards blue economy has been demonstrated through the creation of the State Department for Fisheries and the Blue Economy (SDF-BE) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Kenya via executive order No. 1/2016. In addition to fisheries functions, the executive order has expanded the State Departments mandate to include coordination of blue economy initiatives in order to harness the untapped potential of our ocean and coasts for food security, job creation and economic growth.
In defining the blue economy, Kenya has identified the following key sectors fisheries and aquaculture, maritime transport and logistics services, culture and tourism; and extractives (oil and gas, minerals and energy) as key to delivering quick and sustainable results for food security and employment creation.
Kenya is therefore committed to ensuring that the following key objectives are realized by 2022:
 Improve management of both offshore and inshore fisheries

 To provide a framework for supporting development of smallholder aquaculture and priority fisheries value chains for small scale artisanal fishers for nutrition and food security, environmentally sound development and resilience building to climate change;

 Increase Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in the Kenya's Exclusive zone to prevent Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing and increase security in our waters by:
 Strengthen our Monitoring Control and Surveillance and law enforcement capacity within our EEZ through acquisition of a patrol Vessel;
 Operationalize the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Command Centre and train personnel in application on VMS and Vessel Automatic Identification System (AIS) to detect compliant and non-compliant fishing vessels in our waters;
 Enforce the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) of 2009 to strengthen the global effort to eliminate IUU activities (Kenya ratified PSMA on 10th May 2017) by redefining landing sites, creating fish ports and other related infrastructure;
 Train officers in on-board program, Port State Measures procedures and sea surveillance;
 Implementation of the new obligations under the Fisheries Management and Development Act 2016;
 Strengthen our Institutional capacity for fisheries protection through establishment of the Kenya Fisheries Service
 Establish a national ocean and Fisheries council to co-ordinate and harmonize the whole government approach to ocean governance in Kenya
 Develop Blue Economy Policy and Strategy Coordination and enhance Kenya's benefit from the blue economy;

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
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
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
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
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
  • Multiple use marine protected area
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Improved governance and management of marine fisheries and aquatic resources
Fisheries and aquaculture related benefits and jobs increased
Enhanced coordination of the Blue economy in Kenya
Increased coverage of marine protected areas from the current 6% to 10%
Financing (in USD)
140,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
coordination committees, technical committees
Basic information
Time-frame: July 2017 - 2022
World Bank IFAD Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Western Indian Ocean Science Association (WIOSMA) Fish-i-Africa, Global MCS network under NEPAD Nairobi Convention
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Small scale fish farmers and artisanal fishers; coastal communities, shipping and maritime industry,
Contact information
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