World Fisheries Day is observed yearly to emphasise the significance of preserving sustainable fisheries and a healthy aquatic ecosystem. The global theme for this event was ‘Cast the Net,’ while the national theme was ‘Docking for dignity, the role of ports in advancing decent work in fisheries.’ This held great importance for Kisumu County, as the current port is the largest fish landing point on the lake.
The event brought together fishermen and fish farmers for a team-building celebration, including exhibitions, tree planting, boat racing, and a fish-eating competition.
During the celebration, the DALF team working on the PrAEctice project headed by Susan Adhiambo supported fish farmers to showcase various fish products and technologies to the participants. During the presentation, Susan discussed the objectives of the PrAEctiCe project, which aims to support smallholder farmers with their agroecological practices and innovation activities. She also explained how farmers will be connected to the Kisumu living lab to improve their production by introducing various technologies.
The Chief Executive Committee Member (CECM) of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Kenn Onyango, has expressed interest in commercialising fish farming, citing its potential in the blue economy sector. The blue economy, a relatively new concept, refers to the sustainable use of oceanic resources for economic growth, job creation, and improved livelihoods. Hon. Onyango’s statement recognises the significance of fish farming in achieving these objectives.
Fish value addition and different fish species being displayed during the celebration.