Abandoned Nets Recovered In Lake Naivasha In Clean-Up

The department of fisheries has identified abandoned nets as one of the major threats currently facing Lake Naivasha.

The department noted that the nets which were spread around the lake were affecting navigation and killing thousands of fish every month.

This came as stakeholders embarked on a clean-up exercise, which saw over 50 tonnes of the abandoned nets recovered.

According to Naivasha sub-county fisheries officer Nicholas Kagundu, the majority of the nets were either swept away by hyacinth or abandoned by illegal fishermen.

He said the nets posed a major threat to the lake’s ecosystem, noting that they were responsible for mass  death of fish in the water body.

He said they have suspended all fishing activities to conduct this clean-up where they have recovered over 50 tonnes of abandoned nets as part of freeing the lake.

Naivasha deputy commissioner Mutua Kisilu said the State was keen to change the narrative around the water body by making it more habitat-able and resourceful.

Hells Gate MCA Virginia Wamaitha termed the lake critical to the economy of the region as it employed tens of youths and traders.

This was echoed by Jeremiah Mutiso, the chairman of Karagita landing beach, who said that they had lost nets worth thousands of shillings through the hyacinth.

The manager Naivasha Municipal Board Daniel Nderitu said that the county government backed the annual clean-up exercise.

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