Fishermen in Mombasa County are set for better times as the county government increases deep sea fishing vessels with two Sh40m boats after trial exercise yielded a tremendous catch.
Last week a boat constructed with funds the county government and KCB Foundation caught almost 2tonnes of fish in its maiden fishing expedition promising a fortune fishermen.
This is indeed a scathing attack on the country’s leadership which for several years has seen coast residents falsely branded lazy when they actually capable of achieving a lot.
The county which suffers high unemployment and poverty will for the first tap into its God given waters to improve their lives.
Most of the fishermen are confined to shallow fishing along the shores over the years which has left them with shallow revenues and poverty. They use traditional canoes which are susceptible to ocean storms.
County Fisheries executive Anthony Njaramba said the government will procure 14 more large vessels in the next four years that will be managed by local Beach Management Units (BMUs) so as to empower the local fishermen.
“From the first catch, we have confidence that commercial fishing can help turn around the lives of our fishermen and the county’s economy,” he said.
The huge catch will also be supported the rail project which promises a bigger market in Nairobi’s hotels and homes.