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Fishermen around Lake Shakababo and Lake Kongolola will no longer enjoy the free access to the two famous Ox-bow lakes, this is after the County government of Tana River through the Tana Delta Sub-County Administrator issued  a notice imposing a four months total ban of fishing activities in the two lakes.

The notice which reads '' Following the rehabilitation and restocking of the Ox-bow lakes in Tana Delta Sub-County,Garsen South ward by the County Government of Tana River.A notice is hereby issued for a total ban on all fishing activities in the above two Ox-bow lakes for a period of four (4) months starting from 1st July,2018 to 31st October,2018 so as to give time for fish restocked to grow into table size before fishing resumes in accordance with Fisheries Management and Development Act(FMDA) No.35 of 2016 sec 34(1),(2),sec 41,42 and sec 124(1) a and b.

And it further reads '' During this period no fishing activities shall be allowed to take place in the said two Ox-bow lakes and the closure takes effect immediately and it will be an offence to fish,deal in fish originating from the two Ox-bow lakes.

Speaking on phone to the administrator Mr.Said Jarha Said Dhadho notified pokomo magazine that already plans are underway to ferry a patrol boat to Tarasaa. he also said that already Enforcement officers and the OCPD have received communication on the same,he further said that the fingerlings were stocked by the County Government so it will be prudent to ensure that resources in the lakes are harvested and utilized in a controlled, checked and in a sustainable manner.

The administrator said that agreements will be put in place with the immediate beneficiaries in consultation with the Fisheries Department together with the Department of Revenue to monitor fishing activities in the two lakes.Beach management units will be created to safeguard the resources of the lakes on the community side.

Pokomo magazine perused the act which reads ''AN ACT of Parliament to provide for the conservation, management and development of fisheries and other aquatic resources to enhance the livelihood of communities dependent on fishing and to establish the PP-Fisheries-Management-and-Development-Act35 of 2016
Kenya Fisheries Services; and for connected purposes''.

Concerning the offence this is what the Act says ''Any person who contravenes the provisions of a notice issued under this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both in respect of industrial fishing, and to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both in respect of artisan fishing''.

[caption id="attachment_2219" align="alignnone" width="300"] lake Shakababo[/caption]